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Body found floating in river in Miller Co.

A body was found floating in the water at First Old River in Miller County, Ark. on Tuesday,...
A body was found floating in the water at First Old River in Miller County, Ark. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.(KSLA)
Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 10:32 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2021 at 5:35 PM CST

MILLER COUNTY, Ark. (KSLA) — Multiple agencies are on the scene after a body was found floating in a river in Miller County, Ark., on Tuesday morning.

Emergency crews were called out to First Old River before 7 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30 about a body floating in the river.

A man's body was found floating in the waters of First Old River in Miller County, Ark., on...
A man's body was found floating in the waters of First Old River in Miller County, Ark., on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.(KSLA)

“No foul play is suspected at this time,” Miller County sheriff’s Lt. Jesse Grigsby said.

A man's body was found floating in the waters of First Old River in Miller County, Ark., on...
A man's body was found floating in the waters of First Old River in Miller County, Ark., on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.(KSLA)

The Miller County dive team was called out Tuesday morning to recover the body. They have successfully pulled the body from the water.

Authorities tentatively have identified the individual. No name has been released at this time.

Officials were first notified by someone passing through the area. The body was still visible in the water when deputies arrived on scene, Grigsby said.

Once in the water, it took emergency crews a matter of just minutes to bring the body ashore.

Officials say the victim is a male who appears to be in his 80s. Grigsby said the victim is from southwest Arkansas.

Authorities believe he was on a fishing trip.

“It appears that he was launching his boat into the river,” Grigsby said. “And, like I said, once deputies arrived on the scene, they observed the truck at the boat ramp and the trailer was still attached as well and the boat was out in the river.

A man's body was found floating in the waters of First Old River in Miller County, Ark., on...
A man's body was found floating in the waters of First Old River in Miller County, Ark., on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.(KSLA)
A man's body was found floating in the waters of First Old River in Miller County, Ark., on...
A man's body was found floating in the waters of First Old River in Miller County, Ark., on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021.(KSLA)

“You launch a boat plenty of times, but it’s always good to have someone with you in the event something happens,” Grigsby added. “You never know what could happen.”

Arkansas State Police and Game and Fish officers assisted with recovery.

The man’s body has been sent to Little Rock for an autopsy.

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