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Man’s body found in Des Moines River near park on Saturday

April 11, 2021 GMT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man’s body was found Saturday in the Des Moines River near a park in Des Moines.

A fisherman and a cyclist riding on a riverside trail both spotted the body near Riverview Park on Saturday afternoon and called police, spokesman Sgt. Paul Parizek said.

A Polk County medical examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of the man’s death and identify him. Parizek said investigators believe the body may be a man who jumped into the river at Prospect Park on March 17 after fleeing police.

In that March 17th incident, a man yelled at officers who were in the park on an unrelated matter and then hopped in a vehicle and drove erratically before getting out of the car and jumping into the river.

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Authorities searched the river for that man on March 18 and 25 but did not find him.