Missouri man’s body was in car pulled from Mississippi River

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Search crews on the Mississippi River, 4-12-14 WQAD Photo

GRAFTON, Ill. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man whose body was discovered in a car pulled from the Mississippi River in Southwestern Illinois as a 26-year old from Missouri.

Jersey County Coroner Larry Alexander said Wednesday that James Edward Smith, of Florissant, drowned, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

He says foul play isn’t suspected.

Witnesses told police they saw the car enter the river Saturday night, Dec.  24, near the Grafton lighthouse, north of St. Louis.

The Mercury Grand Marquis was recovered Tuesday about 30 yards from the riverbank where it was seen entering the water.

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