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Man’s body found after falling in Mississippi River

UPDATE (6/25/19): The Hampton Fire Chief confirms the victim’s body has been recovered. He is David Mitchell of Rockford, age 35.

Statement from his family:

“The Mitchell and Stokes family would like to thank the entire search and rescue team, the fire chief and other firemen, ambulance, conservationists, and all others that provided assistance in giving out family closure. We will never forget your sympathy and empathy and all the support you provided. This has been the hardest thing we have ever experienced, and the personnel that assisted us gave us a little bit of relief, and for that we will be forever grateful.”

UPDATE: The search for a man who fell into the Mississippi River near Lock and Dam 14 had to be temporarily suspended on June 24.

A rescuer at the scene said rainy weather was causing the pause in the search. Rain systems rolled through the area Monday evening.

Members of the Hampton Fire Department and crews from a private search and rescue team each had boats in the water for most the of the day on Monday.

The search was paused at about 3:30 p.m. and both crews pulled their boats out of the water at that time.

WQAD News 8 will continue to provide more information as it become available.

Original Post:

HAMPTON, Illinois -- Crews are looking for a man who fell into the Mississippi River just around 4:30 pm off Lock and Dam 14 near the Illiniwek Campgrounds.

Witnesses say the family was fishing off the dam on Saturday, June 22.

Police say the man slipped in and fell into the river right where the rapids start.

Multiple area Search and Rescue teams as well as the DNR have responded and are still searching along the river.

The family has been grieving and waiting for any information at the scene.

We will have more information as it become available.

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