Some unfortunate news this weekend:
By Nathan Johnson
A body found in the Missouri River Saturday near Yankton is believed to be a Nebraska man who had been missing for a week, according to the Yankton Police Department.
Jeffrey Leo Potts, 47, of Crofton, Neb., was last seen in Yankton at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9.
In a media release Saturday night, Police Chief Brian Paulsen said his department received a call regarding a body in the Missouri River at 2:12 p.m. that day.
“The Yankton Search and Rescue team retrieved the body approximately one mile east of Discovery Bridge,” he stated. “An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, June 18, and we hope to provide a positive identification in the near future.”
The recovered body had clothing similar to what Potts was wearing when he was last seen in Yankton. According to a description from the police department, Potts was clothed in a light-colored T-shirt, blue jeans and a baseball-style hat when he went missing.
Yankton Search and Rescue was assisted by the Yankton Police Department, Cedar County Sheriff’s Office, Crofton Police Department, the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks during the recovery.
The search for Potts focused on the Missouri River last week after the origin of his last cell phone call was traced to within 10 feet of the Missouri River in Nebraska, just west of the Discovery Bridge.
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