The Missouri Highway Patrol pulled two bodies from the Missouri River Saturday near Sugar Creek.
Relatives identify one of the victims as 22-year-old Joshua Reek, a father of two.
SUGAR CREEK, MO (KCTV) -
The Missouri Highway Patrol pulled two bodies from the Missouri River on Saturday near Sugar Creek.
Authorities said the decomposed body of a man had been found by a fisherman and was taken to the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the other victim as 22-year-old Joshua Reek of Independence.
The patrol says he was sitting on a rock dyke Saturday morning near La Benite Park when he was swept into the current. Reek began struggling and yelling for help.
The patrol says another person jumped in to help but lost sight of Reek.
After launching a rescue boat, authorities said they found his body just before 6 p.m.
"Real good guy, family man, took care of his kids, worked yesterday, and I image he went down here to blow off some steam, and one thing must have lead to another," Reek's brother in-law, Joe Boos, said.
Reek leaves behind a 1-year-old and a 3-year-old.
An investigation is ongoing.
Copyright 2013 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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