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Body pulled from Mississippi River in Dakota County

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A male body was recovered from the Mississippi River on Sunday night in Dakota County, about a half mile south of the Interstate 494 Wakota Bridge, between South St. Paul and Newport, a sheriff's office spokesman told the Pioneer Press.

The Dakota County medical examiner will attempt to identify the remains, the Associated Press reported.

The body was significantly decomposed, Chief Deputy Tim Leslie told the Pioneer Press. It was difficult to determine an age range, he said. The body was pulled from the water at about 9:30 p.m., KSTP reported.

The discovery of the body comes after several other bodies have been pulled from local rivers in recent days. Among them were two Wisconsin teens who had jumped together from the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. Dakotah Coach, 18, was discovered near the Ford Dam on May 21. The body of Erika Renee Borgstrom of Roberts, Wis., 16, was recovered May 29 in a backwater area between the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers near the Mendota Bridge.

A body recovered from near the Ford Dam on the Mississippi River last month was identified as that of Jerome Gordon-Jackson, 28, a special education teacher’s assistant in the Roseville Area Schools.

Another body, pulled from the St. Croix River in Lakeland May 14, was identified as 54-year-old Donald D. Marklowitz Jr. of Baldwin, Wis.

The body of Kira Trevino, 30, of St. Paul, who had been missing for several months, was discovered in the Mississippi River in St. Paul on May 8. Her husband is expected to stand trial July 22 in her killing. He has pleaded not guilty.

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