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Body found in Cedar River in Austin thought to be that of missing Rochester man

A body found in the Cedar River in Austin may be that of a missing Rochester man.

The Austin Police Department reported that they were contacted just before 1:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon by volunteers searching the river near Marcusen Park for 72-year old David Janson, who went missing October 23rd after being seen at approximately 2:00 a.m. that morning getting gas at the Kwik Trip near 20th Street SW and Broadway Avenue.  Rochester Police later reported that Janson had been spotted in the HyVee parking lot in Austin the weekend of October 23rd and 24th, but they had been unable to contact him.

Volunteer searchers told Austin Police they had found what appeared to be a human body just below the surface of the water behind Marcusen Park baseball stadium.  The Austin Police and Fire Departments responded to the scene and recovered a body from the river that matched Janson’s description. Police reported that documents belonging to Janson were also found on the body.

Authorities say there is no indication of foul play and the body will be sent to the medical examiner’s office in Rochester for an autopsy. An investigation is ongoing.


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