Body of missing boater found

Body of missing boater found


The body of a missing Matthews man has been recovered from the Mississippi River.

According to the Office of the New Madrid County Coroner, the body of 27-year-old Christopher Wescoat has been found.

Officials said they were notified on Thursday that a tug boat with Magnolia Marine Transport had found a body in the Mississippi River near Bunge Grain in Portageville.

Wescoat was identified.

He had been missing since a boating accident on September 16, 2013 at New Madrid, Mo.

An investigation into cause of death is being conducted.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston.

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