Tuesday morning, an off-duty officer reported seeing a body in the Chippewa River upstream of the old railroad bridge in the town of Dunn.
When deputies arrived, they found the body of an adult man in the river.
Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd says they are working to notify family members before releasing the name.
Bygd believes the body was in the water anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, and because of where it was found he says he’s surprised it wasn’t found sooner.
But officials don’t know how the man’s body ended up in the water, or where the man originally went in to the water.
Sheriff Bygd does not believe this case is related to the incident from Chippewa Falls a couple of weeks ago, or other missing persons cases from Eau Claire.
“I don’t believe there’s any correlation there. We conferred with Eau Claire County and the sheriff’s office and police department, and Chippewa, to make sure that this wasn’t one of their missing bodies. I wasn’t sure the status of, I know Eau Claire had a few people go missing last year and could it have possibly been one of theirs, but it turns out I don’t believe it is,” said Bygd.
An autopsy is being conducted by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office in Minnesota, and is expected to be completed in a few weeks.
The case remains under investigation.