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Missing Muscatine man identified as body pulled from Lock 17 near New Boston

The man was identified as a missing man out of Muscatine, who was last seen Jan. 3.

NEW BOSTON, Ill. — Update:

The body of a man pulled from Lock and Dam 17 on Tuesday was identified as Jack Edward Hall, 56, of Muscatine, according to a release sent March 2 by the Louisa County Sheriff's Office.

Hall was reported missing to the Muscatine Police Department on Jan. 5, 2023, after he was last seen leaving his residence and heading towards the riverfront in Muscatine on Jan. 3.

The body was recovered from the lock shortly after noon on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Family members identified Hall the following day.

The cause of death is still pending results of the autopsy, but foul play is not suspected at this time.

Original story:

Louisa County officials confirm that a body was recovered from Lock 17 on the Mississippi River east of Wapello, Iowa, on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

An investigator with Louisa County Sheriff's Office reports that the body was that of an older white male. Evidence indicates that the man had been in the water for a while.

The body was discovered by employees working at the Lock and Dam. The investigator reported that no foul play is suspected at this time.

The lock sits just north of New Boston, Ill., and is located at 173 Lock and Dam Road, New Boston.

Mercer County Sheriff's Department responded as well, but the case was handed off to Louisa County once it was determined that Iowa was in charge.

There is no coroner retained by Louisa County so the body was transported to Ankeny to the State Medical Examiner's Office. 

The man has been identified and the family has been notified, but the name is not being released at this time.

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