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Body recovered from Crow River near Rockford Tuesday
May 13, 2013

Identified as Samuel Gustafson, who had been reported missing

By Ryan Gueningsman
Managing Editor

ROCKFORD, MN – A body recovered from the Crow River near Rockford by the Wright County Sheriff’s Recreational Services Division Tuesday night at about 6:10 p.m. has been identified as Samuel Adam Gustafson, 26.

Gustafson, from Rockford, was located approximately one mile north of Highway 55, according to the sheriff’s office.

Authorities had been searching for Gustafson since he was reported missing April 21 just before 8 p.m. There is no foul play suspected in the death at this time.

The sheriff’s office was conducting a river search when it discovered the body. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office lists the location of death as the Crow River at 7875 Woodland Trail in Rockford.

An autopsy has been performed, and the cause and manner of death are pending, according to the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.

Gustafson was last seen April 21 around 3 a.m. at 214 Beach Drive (Rockford Riverview Estates) in Rockford. A friend of Gustafson’s and the friend’s father both saw Gustafson at that time, according to Wright County Sheriff Joe Hagerty.

Later that morning, around 9 a.m., when Gustafson’s friend woke up, Gustafson was gone, and the friend assumed Gustafson had walked home, according to Hagerty.

That evening, when Gustafson’s parents returned home, they discovered their son was not home and drove to Riverview Estates to try to find him, Hagerty said. When he wasn’t located there, Gustafson’s parents flagged down a sheriff’s deputy.

Gustafson had been considered a missing and endangered person, with the “endangered” status due to a mental illness Gustafson’s family told authorities he had.

This case remains under investigation by the Wright County Sheriff’s Office and the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office.

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