Body discovered in Mississippi River in eastern Iowa

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There is a clump of tall grasses on the hill west of Leach Park. It always serves well for pictures of sunsets over the Mississippi River.

KEOKUK, Iowa (AP) — Iowa authorities say they’ve recovered a body from the Mississippi River in Keokuk.

The Hawk Eye in Burlington reports that Lee County law enforcement officers pulled the body from the river shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday. The body was taken to an Iowa City hospital for an autopsy.

Keokuk Police Chief Dave Hinton says the death remains under investigation, but there’s no threat to the public.

Hinton says police won’t disclose additional details until after authorities positively identify the body. He did not say if investigators suspect foul play. It’s not clear how long the body has been in the water or whether law enforcement has received any reports of missing people in the area.

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