ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The St. Louis Fire Department has suspended the search for a fisherman who is believed to have drowned in the Mississippi River Monday afternoon.

St. Louis police say the 54-year-old man was fishing with a friend at the Merchant Bridge north of downtown and listening to music on his car radio. The victim got into his car to start it up so the battery wouldn’t die.

That’s when the car began to roll backwards into the river, according to Fire Capt. Dan Sutter.

“A witness attempted a rescue but was unable to bring the man onto the shore,” said Sutter

Witnesses who were fishing nearby say they saw the victim’s body floating facedown in the river.

Rescue crews in boats using sonar at the foot of Choteau and firefighters on the shore searched for his body for hours Monday but called off the search around 3:30 p.m.


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