Burlington police identify man found in Mississippi River, near Burlington

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Published: Mar. 18, 2023 at 7:42 AM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) - Burlington police have identified the name of a man whose body was found in the Mississippi River.

According to the Burlington Police Department, the identity of the man found in the river, Friday afternoon, was identified as Christopher Martin Fenton, 35 of Stronghurst, Illinois.

Police say the facts and circumstances surrounding Fenton’s death are still under investigation.

An initial media release, posted to social media stated that police said they received a call early Friday morning of a suspicious vehicle at the north boat ramps.

After which, police found an unattended truck and boat trailer and later, an unoccupied boat on the Illinois side of the river north of the BNSF bridge.

Police said after a search, they recovered the man’s body on Friday afternoon.

The Burlington Police Department was assisted in recovery efforts by the Burlington Fire Department, Des Moines County Sheriff’s Office, Des Moines County Conservation, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, MedForce, and the Henderson County, Illinois Sheriff’s Office.