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Body recovered from Mississippi River at Grand Tower

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A view of the Mississippi River from the Grand Tower levee on Tuesday evening A view of the Mississippi River from the Grand Tower levee on Tuesday evening

JACKSON CO. -- Authorities in Jackson County have confirmed that at least one body has been recovered from the Mississippi River.

The body of David Totten, 50, of Du Quoin was recovered from the river early Wednesday morning.

Around 8:30 Tuesday evening the Jackson County Sheriff's Department received a call from Southern Skyz Aviation, who was assisting in the search for Totten and his 13-year-old nephew Paul Johnson. The pair went missing Sunday while swimming in the river during a family outing in Grand Tower.

The pilot from Souther Skyz Aviation reported that he discovered a body floating in the Mississippi River 12 miles south of Grand Tower in Union County. Recovery boats were dispatched to the area and arrived at the scene around 10:20 Tuesday night. Crews from the Jackson County Sheriff's office and the Cape Girardeau Fire Department were able to recover Totten's body from the water around 12:30 Wednesday morning, he was pronounced dead by the Union County Coroner's office.

Search crews from Jackson and Union Counties, Illinois Department of Conservation Police, the Cape Girardeau Fire Department, and Southern Skyz Aviation continue searching the river for 13-year-old Paul Johnson Wednesday.

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