Body found in submerged truck ID’d as missing man

December 31, 2019 GMT

WARRENTON, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have confirmed that a body found inside a truck pulled from the Missouri River in eastern Missouri was that of a 22-year-old man who had been missing since July.

Dental records confirmed the identity of Nathaniel Ashby of Warrenton, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday. The truck was pulled from the river near Treolar on Sunday.

Authorities said the pickup was detected in August when a fire department performed a training exercise on the river using sonar equipment. Persistent rain kept the river level too high and the current too fast for drivers to retrieve the truck until Sunday.

Authorities have not explained the circumstances that led the truck to enter the river.