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UPDATE: Dubuque drowning victim identified

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Sheriff deputies have identified a drowning victim as 53-year-old Jerry Thill from Dubuque.

Thill drowned in the Mississippi River Friday night.

Officials at the Grant County Sheriff's office say Thill was camping on an island across from Finley's landing in Dubuque. Witnesses said Thill had gone into the river. They said Thill was in the water up to his chest and appeared to be fine, suddenly he appeared distressed, trying to swim, but was not able to. One of the men camping with Thill swam to him to try to help Thill but was not able to keep a strong hold on him. Thill went under water and did not resurface. Another camper immediately notified local law enforcement.

Several fire departments responded to the area to assist with the search and eventually recovery. The Iowa DNR was able to locate what appeared to be a body with their side scan sonar. An hour later, Thill's body was recovered from the river.

He was pronounced dead by the Grant County Coroner's Office once he was brought on shore.

Original story:

The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office confirms a man that went missing in the Mississippi River on Friday has been found.

The man went missing just before 4:45 p.m.on the Wisconsin side of the river. Iowa agencies assisting in the search stationed at Finley's Landing, a Dubuque County park and public boat launch.

Authorities have not released the condition of the man.

Responding agencies on the Wisconsin side include the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Grant County Sheriff's Office and Cassville emergency responders. Iowa agencies include the Iowa DNR, Dubuque County Sheriff's Office and Sherrill emergency responders.

Stay with KWWL for updates when they become available.

Lauren DeWitt contributed to this story.

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