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Autopsy confirms body found in Cedar River in Austin that of missing Rochester man

An autopsy has confirmed that a body found in the Cedar River in Austin last Tuesday was that of a missing Rochester man.

Austin Police Capt. Todd Clennon indicated that a preliminary autopsy report issued by the medical examiner’s office Friday morning officially confirmed that the body of a white male found in the Cedar River was that of 72-year-old David Edward Janson, who had been missing since Oct. 23. 

Janson’s body was found on Tuesday afternoon by volunteers searching for him in the Cedar River at Marcusen Park. 

Janson was last seen in Rochester in the early morning hours of Oct. 23, when he was seen getting gas at the Kwik Trip near 20th Street Southwest and Broadway Avenue. Janson was seen the following weekend on surveillance footage from the Austin Hy-Vee. 

Upon initial discovery, Clennon reported the body matched the last known description of Janson and documents belonging to Janson were located on his person.

Clennon stated that the autopsy report showed foul play was not involved in Janson’s death.


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