Andrew Williams III drowns in Missouri River

5:46 AM, Jul 10, 2012   |    comments
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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The Missouri State Highway Patrol says an 18-year-old St. Louis man apparently drowned after he fell in the Missouri River in southern Boone County.

The patrol identified the victim as Andrew L. Williams III. His body was recovered Monday.

The patrol says Williams went under water while wading near the mouth of Perche Creek. Williams, who could not swim and was not wearing a life jacket, disappeared after stepping into an area where the river bottom slopes down.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports ( other fishermen formed a human chain and made contact with Williams but could not grab him. No foul play is suspected.

Williams' body was turned over to the Boone County Medical Examiner's Office.

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