Posted: Friday, Jul 23, 2004 - 12:15:07 pm CDT

Body pulled from river near Lupus

An autopsy was scheduled on a body found Sunday in the Missouri River near Lupus.

The body is thought to be a female, but officials weren't certain.

The State Water Patrol said a fisherman discovered the body about 11:30 a.m., in the water near the 177.5 mile marker on the Moniteau County side of the river.

Gary Buerky, chief deputy of the Moniteau County Sheriff's Department, said the victim had "some type of an insulated cord around each ankle, but they weren't bound together."

There was no indication of the victim's age or how long the body had been in the water.

Buerky said: "We really don't have much to go on or which way to go until we get that (autopsy report). We have no one missing in our county that we're aware of."

Boone County is opposite Moniteau County on that stretch of the river, but the sheriff's department had no news releases on the case.