Fridley Police said today (Thursday) that the Medical Examiner has ruled the death a 59-year-old Fridley man found last Sunday in the Mississippi River as a suicide. In respect to the family, Fridley Patch is not revealing the man's identity.
(Original post Sunday, Sept. 29):
Fridley Police responded Sunday afternoon to a report of a body discovered in the Mississippi River at Riverfront Park. Early Sunday night, police authorities had not identified the 59-year-old Fridley man, who they said appeared to have been dead for several days. In a press release, Fridley Police said there did not appear to be any signs of trauma to the man. Here is the full press release: "On Sept. 29 at 2:07 p.m., Fridley Police were notified of a body in the Mississippi river just south of the Interstate 694 Bridge. Two passing canoeists observed a body in the river as they navigated that stretch of waterway. They paddled to shore and notified authorities of the situation. Fridley Police, Fridley Fire and Anoka County Sheriff Department responded and recovered the body of a 59-year-old Fridley man from the river. There was no visible sign of trauma to the body and it appears the body had been in the water several days. At this time this case is being handled as a death investigation. The case is being investigated by the Anoka County Sheriff Department, Fridley Police Department, Anoka County Crime Lab and the Anoka County Medical Examiner."