Body pulled from Missouri River in Sugar Creek

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SUGAR CREEK, Mo. -- Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed that they pulled a body from the Missouri River Tuesday morning near LaBenite Park just east of Mo. 291.

Police said that they initially received a call Tuesday around 6 a.m. that a person had fallen into the river. Rescue crews responded and spent a portion of the morning searching up and down the river as they tried to determine  where the person fell in and where they could be.

Then around 8 a.m. they located a body. Police have not yet released the identity of the body but did say it was a male.

Police told FOX 4 that an autopsy will be performed in Jackson County to determine the person's identity and the cause of death, but as of Tuesday afternoon, they did not suspect any foul play.

Marine biology students at William Chrisman High School were supposed to travel out onto the river, near where the search is going on, as part of a program that teaches them about water and ecology Tuesday around 9 a.m., but due to the investigation the trip has been canceled.