Body of Missing Volunteer Dayton Firefighter Found in Des Moines River

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Colin Murphy (Credit: Taylor Hansen)

LEHIGH, Iowa -- Officials have located the body of a volunteer firefighter last seen in the Des Moines River in Lehigh Sunday morning.

The body of 23-year-old Colin Murphy was found Tuesday morning in the river. Webster County Sheriff Stubbs says they found the body in an area searchers had believed it would be at 9:58 a.m.

A fisherman heard Murphy calling for help around 6 a.m. Sunday and witnesses say he was struggling to keep his head above water near the Riverside Tavern.

Murphy was currently serving as a volunteer firefighter with Dayton since 2010. He also served as a reserve Dayton officer for Dayton police from 2014-15.

Sheriff Stubbs said Murphy's family wanted to give special recognition to all of the volunteers and agencies who helped in the search.

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