Body found in Mississippi River identified as boater missing since November

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The body pulled from the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin, has been identified as a boater who went missing along the border with Minnesota more than four months ago.

The La Crosse Police Department confirmed in a press release that the body of 27-year-old Joshua Xiong, of Onalaska, Wisconsin, was found floating on the river just after 8 a.m. Friday.

According to police, Xiong was reported missing on Nov. 9 after he went fishing alone in his boat at Lock and Dam 7 near Dresbach, Minnesota.

Police told News 8 that it's too early to determine whether there was any sign of foul play relating to Xiong's death.

The discovery will give a sense of closure to Xiong's family, as shown by the following posting on a memorial page on Facebook on Friday.

"Josh has been found! Thank god we can now put our sweet angel to rest," it says. "Thank you for all the prayers and support. it means the world to our family. The search is over and we can now try to heal."

The La Crosse Tribune reported that Xiong had been presumed drowned following his disappearance in November, and that he leaves behind a girlfriend and two children, who at the time were ages 6 and 7.

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