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Body Recovered from Missouri River Believed to be Iowa College Student

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Search crews recover a body in the Missouri River.

Search crews recover a body in the Missouri River.

UNION COUNTY, South Dakota — The body believed to be that of a missing Iowa college student has been recovered from the Missouri River.

23-year-old Tom Patterson was out for a swim near Elk Point on Sept. 4 when he went missing.

Over a week later, investigators now believe they’ve recovered his body.

Patterson was a college student at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City.

Officials say his remains have been sent to a medical examiner for a positive identification.

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