Body of deputy sheriff recovered from Missouri River

Lee Weber

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The body of a deputy sheriff who drowned while trying to save his young son has been recovered from the Missouri River near Fort Pierre.

Volunteers helping search for the body of 37-year-old Lee Weber discovered it Thursday afternoon.

KGFX reports Weber’s body was covered with an American flag, placed in a funeral car and escorted by law enforcement officers to a funeral home.

Weber had been missing since July 3 when he jumped into the river to save his 8-year-old son who had fallen from a moving boat.

The child was picked up by nearby boaters, but Weber was swept away by the river’s current.

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