Missing man's body found in river

Friday, October 11, 2013 ~ Updated 6:49 AM

NEW MADRID - A three-week search ended Thursday evening when a tugboat operator spotted the body of a missing Matthews man.

At 5 p.m. Thursday, a tug boat operator with Magnolia Marine Transport notified authorities he had discovered a body in the Mississippi River near Bunge Grain at Portageville, according to a news release from New Madrid County Coroner George DeLisle.

The body was identified as that of 27-year-old Christopher Allan Wescoat.

For more on the story see today's Standard Democrat.

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