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Body recovered from Missouri River at Burbank Beach

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NEAR ELK POINT, SD (KTIV) -

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Crews have recovered a body believed to be of missing Florida man Chris Reeves. 

He was found less than a mile away from where he went missing off of Burbank beach. 

That's just outside Elk Point, South Dakota.

Search crews were able to bring peace to a Florida family after finding a body believed to be 27-year-old Reeves two days after he went missing in the Missouri River.

"He was not an experienced swimmer in a lot of ways and he stepped off a sand bar and he went under and never resurfaced," said Sheriff Dan Limoges, of the Union County Sheriff's Office.

Reeves was with five others off of Burbank Beach when it happened.

The body was found about three-quarters of a mile from where he went missing Wednesday afternoon. 

Nebraska and South Dakota Fish, Game and Parks spotted the body with binoculars while out on a boat.

He's the third person to go missing at Burbank Beach over the last two years. 

Limoges says he believes something needs to be done to prevent that.

"I would be in favor of some changes for sure and if closing it would prevent this I would say let's close it," he said. "But, you know water is a public-it's public."

No matter what happens, he says he doesn't want other families to experience a tragedy like the Reeves.

"We can give the family some peace that he has been located and you know we don't have to keep the resources for down just in this area anymore. So, it's a big relief mainly for the family."

The Sheriff's Office does not believe alcohol was a factor in the drowning.


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A body has been recovered from the Burbank Beach near Elk Point, South Dakota, this according to Union County Sheriff Dan Limoges. 

Limoges told KTIV's Tiffany Lane he believes it to be the body of 27-year old Chris Reeves, who went missing Wednesday afternoon, based on family descriptions. But a positive identification of the body will still need to made. 

The body is being transported to Sioux Falls for that identification.

The 27-year old Reeves of Tallahassee, Fla. went missing around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday while boating with five others off of the beach. 

Investigators say Reeves went onto a sand bar and suddenly went under.

We have a crew on the scene and will bring you more details as they become available. 


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Story updated Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 9:45 p.m.

Thirty hours have gone by, and there's still no sign of a 27-year-old Florida man, who went missing in the Missouri River, Wednesday afternoon.

The search area, west of Elk Point, South Dakota, is big.

Boats have motored up, and down, the Missouri River for two days searching for Chris Reeves.

Reeves, from Tallahassee, Florida, was boating with five others off of Burbank Beach Wednesday afternoon.

Investigators say Reeves went onto a sand bar and suddenly went under.

Friends immediately called 911.

The family that was with Reeves at the time was brought in, today, to provide search crews with a more accurate location of Reeves' last known location.

Search crews-- including the Yankton Dive team, and cadaver dogs-- started their search at first light.

They had to wrap up Thursday evening because of darkness.
 


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The Union County Sheriff's Department has identified the missing person as 27-year old Chris Reeves of Tallahassee, Fla. 

Officials with the department say his family have been notified of his disappearance. 

Crews continue to search the Missouri River near Elk Point, SD where he was last seen Tuesday night.

We have a crew on the scene and will bring you more details as they become available. 


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The search continues for a 27-year old man who went missing last night in the Missouri River near Elk Point, South Dakota.

The search resumed at 8 a.m. with the Nebraska Game Fish & Parks, South Dakota Game Fish & Parks and the Yankton, South Dakota Dive team.

Officials are discussing the possibility of using a drone in their search. Last night the Highway Patrol used a plane out of Pierre, South Dakota, as part of their search.

We have a crew on the scene and will bring you more details as they become available. 


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Darkness has ended the search for a man, who went missing in the Missouri River near Elk Point, South Dakota.

Investigators say the man, who hasn't been identified, disappeared while swimming on a sand bar, at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

The swimmers were at Burbank Beach, west of Elk Point, along the Missouri River.

"He was with a group of six total," said Dan Limoges, Union County, SD Sheriff. "I think four of them were out in the water wading out in the river on the sandbar, and it sounded like he stepped off the sand bar and went under."

Personnel from Nebraska and South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks spent the afternoon on the water as part of the search efforts.

North Sioux City Police also assisted using their police boat.

Even a plane from the South Dakota Highway Patrol searched the scene from the air.

Authorities say the victim wasn't from the area and wasn't wearing a life jacket.

The search will resume Thursday morning.


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The Union County sheriff's office is searching for a man who went missing this afternoon at Burbank Beach near Elk Point, SD.

According to the Union County sheriff's office, they received a call that a 27-year-old man had gone missing in the Missouri River. 

Investigators say that there was a group of six individuals out swimming on a sand bar when one of them stepped off and went under the water.

Nebraska and South Dakota Game Fish and Parks are out on boats searching the water. 

Also North Sioux City Police are out in their boat helping in the search.

We have a crew on the scene and are working to get you more details.

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