Body found on Missouri River

A body was recovered from the Missouri River last night but could not be positively identified as being that of a missing South Sioux City, Nebraska, man.

Thirty-one-year-old Bruce Wright has been missing on the river following a boating accident near Salix, Iowa, on Saturday night. Wright was ejected from a boat, along with 33-year old Oscar Gomez, also of South Sioux City.

The body was discovered by a boater around 9:30 p.m., about 11 miles downstream from where the accident occurred. It was taken to St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center to be examined and identified by the Woodbury County medical examiners office.

Oscar Gomez received prop cuts to his right leg and a left hip injury and was taken Mercy Medical Center. The two men were thrown from the bow of the boat when the operator, 32-year old Samuel Gomez, slowed down suddenly. Samuel Gomez, of Jackson, Nebraska, was charged with boating while intoxicated.

The incident remains under investigation.

Thanks to Larry Schmitz, KLEM, LeMars, Iowa

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