No body found in search of Missouri River

A search of the Missouri River near Jefferson City turned up no human body Friday.

The Jefferson City Fire Department and the Missouri State Water Patrol launched boat crews after a motorist driving the on the bridge at Jefferson City saw something bobbing in the water.

The local fire and police departments were the first to respond, launching a shoreline search shortly before 10 a.m.

They handed off to the Water Patrol after about 45 minutes of searching the south side shoreline from the bridge to the Old State Prison .

The Water Patrol continued the search much farther downstream, to the Ike Skelton National Guard Training Center at Algoa.

Water Patrol Capt. Hans Huenink says his team found no human remains, nor anything else unusual.

The search was called off.

Authorities had hoped they would find the body of a John Paul Forget, a St. Louis-area man who jumped into the river off the I-70 bridge in Rouchport, to avoid being hit by a semi-truck on Dec.16.

Huenink told KRCG News it would have been unusual, though not unprecidented, for the body to surface this soon, given the temperature of the water.