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The Janesville Police Department hold a press conference Tuesday regarding a body that was recovered from the Rock River.

WATCH: Police announce body recovered from Rock River

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Frank Schultz
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

JANESVILLE--A body recovered from the Rock River on Tuesday morning appears to be that of Dakota Giese, the 21-year-old who fell in the river Saturday, police said.

At a press conference, police Lt. Terry Sheridan said the body was that of a white male, and the clothing was consistent with what Giese was wearing when he disappeared.

Sheridan said he did not know if the clothing contained any identifying information.

A positive identification is not possible until an autopsy is completed Wednesday morning, Sheridan said.

Someone walking over the Racine Street bridge spotted the body and called 911 at about 7:04 a.m. Tuesday, Sheridan said.

Police and fire units responded and recovered the body just south of the bridge, which is about one mile downstream from where Giese was last seen struggling in the water.

Police notified Giese's family, and members gathered to see the recovery effort, Sheridan said.

Giese was walking with a friend on the bike trail on the west side of the river near Mercy Hospital on Saturday when he fell in, police have said.

The friend said he saw Giese struggle and then disappear in the water, police reported earlier. The incident started a search with divers from several agencies and sonar equipment, as well as a search by residents and family members.

Sheridan said the investigation continues, but most if not all those involved have been interviewed, some of them twice, and police found no indication of foul play.

The body recovered did not have any obvious signs of trauma, Sheridan said.

“At this point, it appears to be an accident,” Sheridan said.

The body is the second to be recovered from the river in the Janesville area in the past year. The body of Jordan “Deets” White, 23, was found Jan. 1 after he was reported missing in November.

Two cars were pulled from the river Monday during the search. Police believe they had nothing to do with Giese's disappearance.

State records on the vehicles have been harder to come by than originally thought, so police still don't know anything about the vehicles except that they are a Ford Tempo, which had a registration that expired in 1998, and a Chevrolet El Camino with a registration that expired in 1977, Sheridan said.

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Body pulled from Rock River wearing clothes matching missing man

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