Months later, ID of body found in river a mystery

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A pending DNA test may be the last chance to identify a man’s body found nearly five months ago in the Mississippi River at St. Louis.

It was reported Thursday that just two people have called the city medical examiner’s office to ask about him: an Alton, Ill., detective and a Memphis, Tenn., sheriff’s deputy.

Determining the identity of the man found in mid-August is difficult. All that was left was his decomposed head and torso. The body had no arms, legs or clothes.

If the DNA test is inconclusive, the remains will be buried in Calvary Cemetery’s indigent burial zone, marked with a number and identified in Calvary’s computer system simply as “Unknown.”

Copyright 2010 Associated Press


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