UPDATE: Body pulled from river identified as Beloit man

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Gazette staff
Wednesday, September 25, 2013

BELOIT—A body recovered from the Rock River near downtown Beloit on Tuesday night was that of 55-year-old Bobby L. Bevineau, who had been reported missing a few days earlier, authorities said.

Workers in the 800 block of Pleasant Street in Beloit found the body in the river just after 5:15 p.m. Tuesday and called 911, according to police.

Lou Smit, Rock County's chief deputy coroner, identified the body as Bevineau, a Beloit resident, after an autopsy Wednesday morning in Dane County.

Foul play does not appear to have been a factor in Bevineau's death, Smit said, although his exact cause and manner of death is still under investigation.

Authorities are waiting for the results of toxicology and other tests, Smit said.

"It's hard to tell at this point," Smit said.

Capt. Dan Risse, public information officer for Beloit police, said earlier that police were waiting for more information on how Bevineau died.

“We couldn't tell what injuries there may or may not be on the body or the cause of death until the autopsy,” Risse said.

Bevineau was last seen on the 1000 block of Washburn Street in Beloit on Sept. 18, according to a news release Beloit police sent out on Sept. 20.

The release noted that Bevineau had "a variety of medical concerns."

By the time he was pulled from the river on Tuesday, Smit estimated Bevineau had been in the water for five days.

Officers and detectives from the Beloit Police Department along with members of the Beloit Fire Department and Rock County Corner's Office were at the scene Tuesday night coordinating the recovery of the body floating near the former power and light substation near Portland Avenue and Highway 51.

Anyone with information about Bevineau's death may call Beloit police at 608-364-6801 or Beloit Area Crime Stoppers at 608-362-7463. People also may text information to 274637 then type BACS plus the message.

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