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UPDATE: Body found in Mississippi River identified

DUBUQUE COUNTY (KWWL) -- The Iowa State Medical Examiner's Office has identified the body found in the Mississippi River on Monday.

Officials say 39-year-old Gregor Wardle, of Dubuque, was last seen on April 20, 2009 after reports of a man jumping off the Julien Dubuque Bridge.

Wardle's car was found in the parking lot of the East Dubuque Public Library near the bridge. Three months after the incident, the courts ruled Wardle officially deceased.

Barge workers on the Mississippi River at Catfish Creek reported they saw a body floating in the river around 11:15 a.m. on Monday.

Officials responded and brought the body to Massey Marina in Dubuque County, where the medical examiner investigated.

Law enforcement said the recent flooding may have played a role since a body can be carried down river or get trapped in debris for quite some time before surfacing.

The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office in Ankeny where it was identified.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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