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Body found in Chippewa River identified as missing person from Eau Claire

A body recovered from the Chippewa River in Dunn County last Wednesday afternoon has been identified as that of a man reported missing from the Eau Claire area last November.

According to a release from the Eau Claire Police Department dated last Thursday, March 29, the deceased found a day earlier in the Chippewa River had been identified as Byron Raymond Reece, a missing person from the Eau Claire area.

On November 10, 2017, the UW-Eau Claire Police Department initiated a missing person investigation involving Reece, who was 33 years of age.

The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office was contacted last Wednesday, March 28th around 2:30 pm by a boater on the Chippewa River in Dunn County who reported that he believed he found a human body submerged in the river in the area of CTH H and STH 85.

Deputies responded, assisted by Menomonie Fire Department and recovered the body of an adult male, identified the following day as Byron Raymond Reece, that appeared to have been in the water for some time.

The news release from the Eau Claire Police Department stated that an autopsy had been performed at the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s office in St. Paul and had confirmed Reece’s identity. The release also noted that there were no obvious signs of injuries to the body that would lead investigators to believe there was any kind of foul play.

Although Reece was not affiliated with the UW-Eau Claire campus community, it was believed he was present on university property prior to his disappearance.