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Update: Body pulled out of Mississippi River near Dubuque missing railroad worker

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Five days after a Canadian National worker accidentally fell in the Mississippi River, a body is found in the water. 

According to the Telegraph Herald Obituary, the body is of 57-year-old Jim Wagner, the worker who fell into the river on Monday. 

The body was discovered by barge workers early Friday morning, near the Mines of Spain. A passerby tells KWWL he saw emergency responders pushing a stretcher to a boat.

Authorities have not released the name. They said the body has been identified, and Canadian National is in charge of the investigation. 

Wagner slipped off a train bridge, and authorities said the railroad company has video footage of the incident. He was the only one on the bridge at the time.

During  the week, area crews searched for Wagner in the river. On the first day, the operation spanned 30 miles to the town of Bellevue. During the second day, despite being scaled back,  numerous first responders were on the water and in the air trying to find his body. 

According to the obituary, funeral arrangements are pending. They will be announced at a later date at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory in Dubuque.

Canadian National spokesperson said, "CN continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident. We are deeply saddened and our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Wagner’s family, friends and co-workers. We also will continue to work with local authorities."


The Dubuque County Sheriff's Office and Dubuque Fire Department confirm they pulled a body out of the Mississippi River at 3:05 this morning. According to the Telegraph Herald Obituary, the body found is of 57-year-old Jim Wagner, the Canadian National worker who fell into the river Monday. 

Dubuque Fire Chief Rick Steines says they got a call early this morning to assist with a recovery of a body. He says it was someone on a barge who spotted the body and called it in. 

Police say the body was found just south of Dubuque, near the Mines of Spain. The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Ankeny for an autopsy. 

Canadian National Railroad Police have taken over the investigation. 

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