Body found in Red River along Moorhead shore

Police suspect the body was in the water for a "significant period of time."

Near the 1000 block of 7th Street North Moorhead where a body was found along the shoreline of the Red River on Wednesday, July 6, 2022.
The Minnesota side of the Red River is seen in the foreground, near where juveniles discovered a man's body in the water along the shore on Wednesday, July 6, 2022, by the 1000 block of Seventh Street North in Moorhead.
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MOORHEAD — The body of a man was recovered from the Red River on Wednesday, July 6, according to Moorhead police.

Juveniles found the body at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday along Moorhead's shoreline by Original Homestead Park, police said.

It appeared the body had been in the river for a “significant period of time,” police said.

The man's cause and manner of death was not immediately known. Authorities have sent the body to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office in St. Paul for an autopsy.

Capt. Deric Swenson, a Moorhead police spokesman, said investigators "don't suspect foul play, but we have to wait for the autopsy results to get a positive identification."


Swenson said he didn't have a timeline on when those results would be available.

Personal property with the body led police to believe he was an adult male. Swenson said clothing and a wallet with an identification card was found nearby.

The man’s identity is expected to be released after the autopsy.

Swenson didn't know what the juveniles who found the body were doing by the riverbank, but he said there's a new bike path in the area that many people have been using.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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