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Dead Juggalo found in river identified

Brian DeNeal
updated: 8/15/2011 2:17 PM

A body found in the Ohio River in western Kentucky has been identified as a Murfreesboro, Tenn., man, according to the Associated Press.

Kentucky State Police identified the man as Jesse Waters, 24.

The body was recovered Sunday evening in Union County at the Sturgeon Island area.

The Union County, Ky., coroner Monday afternoon offered a description of the body hoping someone would help to identify the man.

Coroner Stephen Shouse said Waters wore an arm band indicating he had been at the Gathering of the Juggalos festival at the Hog Rock Campground in rural Cave-In-Rock. Sturgeon Island is adjacent to the campground and across the river from Caseyville, Ky.

The description Shouse provided a white male in his 20s, 5-feet 9-inches tall, 155 pounds with reddish brown shoulder length hair and had an upper tooth missing, Shouse said. The man also had a tattoo on his upper left arm with an indecipherable message, Shouse said.

Shouse said the autopsy was unremarkable and he awaits a toxicology report.

"We don';t suspect foul play. There was no trauma. We are pending toxicology and history if we find out who he is," Shouse said, prior to the identification being made.

Shouse is ruling the cause of death undetermined at this point.

Waters had likely been dead at least a couple of days before he was discovered by boaters, Shouse said.

The Kentucky State Police are investigating.

Shouse said another missing person investigation involving someone else at the concert is in its early stage.

"We have a lead we';re working on a missing individual, but have nothing back yet," Shouse said.