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Body found in water early Thursday morning

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The body was recovered Thursday morning. The body was recovered Thursday morning.

(WMC-TV) – Memphis police found a body Thursday that washed up along the bank of the swollen Wolf River, after this week's Mississippi River flooding inundated low lying areas of the city.

Police spokeswoman Sgt. Karen Rudolph said the body was found near the bank of the river, which feeds into the Mississippi, in the northern part of the city. After five hours in harsh conditions, the body was retrieved and turned over to the Shelby County Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

People gathered at the scene, located nearly a half-mile from the closest nearby homes, suspected the victim accidentally drowned in the flooded Wolf River.
"I'm not surprised that there's a body down there," said J. Nash, who works nearby.  "It's really flowing.  That body could have come from up the street somewhere."

Nash said the area where the body was found is a notorious spot for ATV's, transients and neighborhood kids who jump from the truss into typically calm water below.

Rudolph, meanwhile, said the cause of the death was unknown and they have not yet determined whether the death was flood related.

Earlier this week, the Mississippi River crested in Memphis just inches short of the record set in 1937, and hundreds have left their homes for shelters.

Copyright 2011 WMC-TV. All rights reserved. The AP contributed to this story.

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