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Body pulled from Mississippi River over the weekend identified

Officials were able to identify the body by tattoo markings, plates from a previous surgery and fingerprints.

BUFFALO, Iowa -- The body that was pulled from the Mississippi River has been identified as a man from Davenport.

Police were asking for help in identifying the body after it was pulled from the river on Saturday afternoon, July 27.  The description mentioned the man had a tattoo and plates in his leg from a previous surgery.

According to the Rock Island County Coroner's Office, the body is 51-year-old Paul L. Domine; officials say he was homeless.  The tattoo markings, plates and finger prints aided in the identification.

The preliminary cause of death was described as freshwater drowning, according to the coroner's office.  The original autopsy that was scheduled was cancelled because there was no sign of injury.

According to the Buffalo Fire Department, the body was found south of the I-280 Bridge near Buffalo and Andalusia, after being reported by a boater.

An investigation remains underway with the Rock Island County Invesetigation Division, Davenport Police, Rock Island Police and the Rock Island County Coroner.