By David Highfield

BEAVER (KDKA) — Could the discovery of a body in the Ohio River solve the mystery of a man missing from Beaver County since December?

Police in Beaver are looking into it but stress no positive identification has been made.

The coroner’s office says an autopsy has been completed on the body and it has been determined that the person died from drowning. It’s also been determined that it was a middle-aged, white man, but a positive ID will take longer.

“We are just waiting for information back from the coroner’s office to make any kind of positive identification,” said Beaver Police Detective James DeGori.

The body was found between barges by a tugboat worker in Industry, but Beaver police responded because of a missing persons case they have in the borough, which is about six miles up river from the discovery.

Michael Andres, 44, disappeared at the end of December. He was last seen walking on the Beaver-Rochester Bridge. His family says he has symptoms of Huntington’s disease, meaning he has problems reasoning.

Crews searched the Beaver River in January with sonar but found nothing.

Police are waiting for Andres’ dental records from the military to make a comparison.

Two other police departments with missing people who match the description are also interested in the case.


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