DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - The body was tentatively identified by some of the clothing and equipment that was possessed upon recovery.
However, due to exposure to the elements, it was difficult to tell from records whether the body was James Wagner or not.
The Dubuque County Sheriff, Joseph Kennedy, says they are awaiting dental records, which may take approximately 10 days.
The Canadian National Railroad Police have taken over the investigation and will be responsible for further identification.
Wagner’s family was notified that the found a body that would have been consistent with James.
Kennedy says his team told them they would not 100% verify it was Wagner until they received autopsy results.
The Dubuque Fire Department confirms a body was pulled out of the Mississippi River early this morning at 3:05 a.m.
The Dubuque County Sheriff’s Office, Dubuque Fire Department, Dubuque County Medical Examiner’s Office, and Canadian National Railroad Police responded and retrieved the body from the river.
The body will be transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Ankeny for autopsy.
The victim has been positively identified, however the name is being withheld pending family notification.
Stay with KCRG-TV9 as the story progresses.