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Abandoned boat found in Mississippi River leads to discovery of body, police say

The body of a missing boater was found in the Mississippi River days after he went missing, police say.

On April 30, authorities received a 911 call about an abandoned boat found in the Mississippi River in New Madrid, Missouri, according to a Facebook post from the New Madrid County Sheriff’s Department.

Officials found an abandoned truck and trailer at a boat ramp and determined the truck and boat belonged to Bruce Shockley.

Rescue teams searched for Shockley by water and air for days, officials said.

On Saturday, May 4, Arkansas wildlife officials notified authorities of a body found in the water near Blytheville, Arkansas, officials said. The Mississippi County coroner later identified the found body as Shockley.

A cause of death was not released.

Blytheville is located in northeastern Arkansas, near the Missouri state line.

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