ID released of body found in Mississippi River
CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The Missouri State Highway Patrol released the identity of a man after his body was recovered from the Mississippi River.
Water patrol found the body of 30-year-old Ronald Silavent of Cape Girardeau around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday in an area on the Mississippi River where he was last seen swimming.
According to the coroner, the cause of death is drowning.
According to the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office, the man was believed to have drowned in the Mississippi River at the Trail of Tears boat ramp area.
The highway patrol reports the man was attempting to swim to a dike in the river when he went under and never resurfaced.
Dwayne Kirchhoff with East Cape County Fire Department says Silavent was swimming with another man at around 2:45 p.m., just east of Trail of Tears campground.
Kirchoff said one of the men said he heard his friend yelling for help and saw him being swept downstream.
The East County Fire Department was called out around 4 p.m.
The Cape Girardeau Fire Department launched two rescue boats.
Crews with the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, East County Fire and the Cape Girardeau Fire Department, along with park rangers searched by boat and air.
This is the fourth drowning for Troop E in 2015.
No foul play is suspected, according to Cpt. David James with the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Office.
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