UPDATED: Missing person’s body found in Mississippi River

Updated 6/23/20 at 10:00 a.m.

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch reports a missing person’s body was found in rural Deer River.

According to a release, deputies received the missing person report Wednesday, June 17, and learned 41-year-old Melvin Rivera of Deer River went missing at the Schoolcraft State Park on the Mississippi River.

“On June 18, additional searching was completed, including searching the Mississippi River. At approximately 2:47 PM, a body of an adult male was recovered from the river,” said Burch in the release.

An autopsy is pending with the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the identity of the victim was released Tuesday, June 23.

The Itasca County Sheriff’s Office, Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, Minnesota DNR and the Lakes Area Dive Team assisted with the search.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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