St. Francois County drowning under investigation

By Heartland News

BLACKWELL, MO (KFVS) -  An investigation is underway into the drowning of a 55-year-old man in St. Francois County.

Agents with the Missouri Water Patrol said the body of victim, whose name was not released, was recovered Saturday morning.  He apparently drowned Friday evening while swimming with friends in the Big River near Blackwell.

His friends said they decided to get out of the water around 6:30 p.m., but the victim opted to stay.  The group got worried and began searching for him when he didn't return.

The circumstances of the man's drowning were still under investigation.

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