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Published March 28, 2012, 06:06 AM

Man recovered from Red River identified as 23-year old Moorhead resident

Fargo, ND (WDAY-TV) -- Three hours after a man ran into the Red River in Fargo, recovery crews pulled his body from the water. Fargo Police Lt. Jeff Scuza says officers responded to the Tesoro station near 1st Avenue north for a report of a suspicious man.

Fargo, ND (WDAY-TV) -- Three hours after a man ran into the Red River in Fargo, recovery crews pulled his body from the water.

Fargo Police Lt. Jeff Scuza says officers responded to the Tesoro station near 1st Avenue north for a report of a suspicious man. Scuza says when police made contact with him, he ran to the 1st Avenue Bridge.

From there, the man jumped to the ground below, running along the bank before entering the water, apparently trying to swim across to the Moorhead side. Officers say the man started to flounder about halfway through. They threw a life preserver to him, but he did not grab it. Lt. Scuza says hypothermia may have begun to set in and the man then went under the water.

Search and rescue crews then took to the river looking for the man. It then turned into a recovery operation and the man’s body was pulled from the river shortly before 7:00 this morning.

The subject has been identified as a 23 year old Moorhead resident, but the family has requested his name be withheld until tomorrow morning so that their extended family may be notified.

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