UPDATE: Meramec River Drowning Victim Identified

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Photo from KMOV Ch. 4

Photo from KMOV Ch. 4

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The body of a 21-year-old swimmer has been recovered in the Meramec River in Castlewood State Park.

Authorities have identified the body as Philip Schwalm of Kirkwood. The Missouri Highway Patrol found the Schwalm using sonar equipment around 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Just three hours after friends reported him missing.

Divers from the Metro West Fire Protection District along with the Missouri Water Patrol conducted the underwater search.  St. Louis County Police used a helicopter. 

Two people drowned in the Meramec last summer near the same spot at Castlewood, and three others died in 2011 at other locations on the Meramec. In 2006, five members of a church youth group drowned at the same section of the river.

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