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La Crosse man, missing since February, found dead, pulled from Mississippi River by police



A yellow marker shows where authorities found the body of James Zaragoza on Sunday. PHOTO: La Crosse Police

The body of a 62-year-old La Crosse man was found Sunday, pulled out of the Mississippi River at the the end of Hanifl Road by authorities.


James Zaragoza’s body was found by La Crosse Police and the La Crosse Area Dive Unit around 10: 30 a.m.

He was last seen Feb. 22 at the Catholic Charities Warming Center.

Dating back to when he went missing, Police had found some items of his over the course of the investigation. The personal items found at the north end of Houska Park have police believing he had walked onto the ice at some point.

Police do not feel foul play was involved but will continue the investigation, while awaiting results from an autopsy.

Also taking part were the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Department and the Shelby Police Department.

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