ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The St. Louis Fire Department has recovered the body of a man who vanished in the Mississippi River while fishing.
He's identified as 54 year old Bobbie Billups of the 1400 block of Semple in St. Louis.
Witnesses said Billups was fishing under the Merchants Bridge near downtown St. Louis when he left to get something out of his vehicle. For reasons unknown, the vehicle rolled into the Mississippi River with the man inside.
Billups was able to escape the vehicle before it went under, but he could not swim back to shore. Bystanders tried to rescue him, but he slipped beneath the surface before they could reach him.