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Remains found in Mississippi River confirmed as boater missing since April

The remains were found in mid-July, but an identity has only just been confirmed.

The human remains first discovered near the Mississippi River in July are that of a boater who went missing on Lake Pepin in April.

Authorities found a human leg with a boot attached on July 14 in West Newton, an unincorporated township just south of Lock and Dam #4, southeast of Wabasha.

On Friday, the Wabasha County Sheriff's Office reported that the remains belong to David Sheridan, 61, of Pepin.

Sheridan had taken his sailboat for a test run on Lake Pepin, but was reported missing the next morning, Apr. 29, when his boat was found with nobody in it.

The remains were eventually identified by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, who were able to match it to Sheridan's DNA.

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It's not been confirmed if more remains found near the Mississippi last month, including a torso and a leg, also belonged to Sheridan. 

At the time, authorities said the boot attached to the second set of remains was similar to the boot found on the leg in July.

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