St. Robert man drowns swimming across Gasconade River

8 months 4 days 5 hours ago Friday, June 16 2017 Jun 16, 2017 Friday, June 16, 2017 9:40:00 PM CDT June 16, 2017 in News
By: Austin Hough, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

PULASKI COUNTY - A St. Robert man died Friday after he drowned in the Gasconade River.

Authorities said Mark Joseph-Salas Concepcion, 35, was trying to swim across the river when he disappeared about halfway across.

The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office was notified of the incident at 2:15 p.m. and sent fire, EMS, and sheriff's deputies to the scene. The Missouri State Highway Patrol also sent officers from their Water Patrol Division to the location. State troopers began a search for Concepcion shortly upon arriving.

Citizens at the scene attempted to save Concepcion, but were unsuccessful. His body was recovered from the river around 4:15 p.m. 

Pulaski County Coroner Gary Carmack was on the scene and took charge of the body.

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