Body recovered from river is 52-year-old man

Published 8:48 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2017

ST. PAUL — A body recovered from the Mississippi River is that of a 52-year-old man missing for weeks, not the man who ran toward a river bluff after officers pulled him over in an SUV.

Crews searched by boat and by air Monday for the man who abandoned the vehicle, ran away and disappeared into some woods.

But the medical examiner said Tuesday that the body they found was that of Jeffrey Asfahl of Ramsey, who was reported missing May 3. His vehicle was found that day on the Interstate 35W bridge over the river in Minneapolis. According to a press release, drowning is listed as his probable cause of death.

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St. Paul police are still investigating the whereabouts of the man who ran from officers Monday afternoon.