Man’s body found in James River following one-vehicle accident

A photo of the James River near Sioux Falls taken on March 30. Courtesy of the South Dakota Civil Air Patrol

MITCHELL, S.D. – A 28-year-old man is dead after the vehicle he was in went through a barbed wire fence and plunged into the James River.

The accident happened two miles east of Mitchell on 250th Street. The victim was in a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country van driving eastbound when it entered the south ditch, went through a barbed wire fence and into the James River.

The vehicle was recovered on Wednesday morning, and the man’s body was found a short time later along the river’s west shore about a quarter of a mile away.

Authorities don’t know when the accident happened, and are still investigating the exact time and date of the crash. Officials are also searching for more possible vehicle occupants.

The man’s name is not being released pending notification of family members.

South Dakota’s Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.




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