Authorities recover missing man's body near Elk Point

ELK POINT, S.D. (KCAU) - Authorities have recovered the body of a 27-year-old man who went missing on Wednesday in the Missouri River, reports KCAU.

According to Union County Sheriff's Department, Chris Reeves' body was found a half-mile from where he went missing. The team recovered the body around 1 p.m. Friday afternoon. Reeves' body is being taken to Sioux Falls, S.D. for an autopsy.

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Authorities have identified a 27-year-old man who went missing on Wednesday while swimming at a popular Siouxland Beach on the Missouri river, reports KCAU.

According to the Union County Sheriff's Department, the man has been identified as Chris Reeves from Tallahassee, Florida. The department says that Reeves was in the area visiting friends. Deputies added that Reeves was not a strong swimmer and was not wearing a life vest at the time of the incident.

Authorities have not yet located the man's body and plan on continuing the search Thursday.

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Crews plan to be back out on the Missouri River in Union County Thursday, searching for a missing swimmer.

According to Sheriff Dan Limoges a 27-year-old man disappeared Wednesday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. at Burbank Beach near Elk Point.

Limoges says the man went underwater after stepping off a sandbar and never resurfaced. Crews focused their search Wednesday a mile downstream from where the incident occurred. The North Sioux City Police Department, Nebraska Department of Natural Resources and South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks had crews assisting in the search.

This is the third drowning incident at Burbank Beach in the past three years. Last year Briar Cliff wrestler Tom Patterson drowned at that location while trying to save other swimmers who attempted to swim across the river. Two years ago USD student Brant Blaha also drowned while swimming at the same location.



 
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