UPDATED: Body found in Mississippi River identified as missing Affton man

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The St. Louis Fire Department’s Marine 2 rescue boat responds to a rescue in the Mississippi River that turned into a recovery effort.

The body pulled from the Mississippi River Tuesday has been identified as a missing man from Affton.

George Huber, 70, was found dead in the river on the South County/South City line by the St. Louis Fire Department.

Hours before, his car was found in Jefferson Barracks Park by the St. Louis County Police Department, which conducted a “thorough” search of the area.

George Huber

The Police Department said early in the day Tuesday that Huber was missing and endangered. He is five feet, five inches and 194 pounds, with gray/white hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion. He was last seen wearing a T-shirt and black cargo shorts.

He was last seen in the 6600 block of Ashbury Drive in the Affton Southwest Precinct.

Police said he might be in his car, a gray 2011 Honda CRV with Missouri license WG1N3T.

That car was found Tuesday night in Jefferson Barracks Park, and the Police Department tweeted that a “thorough search of the area is continuing.”

Around the same time, the St. Louis Fire Department said its Marine Rescue Task Force was responding for a water rescue on the Mississippi River at the South County/South City border at the River Park by River City Casino, at South Broadway and East Marceau. Two of the city fire department’s boats responded.

Soon after, the fire department tweeted, “This is no longer considered a rescue operation.”

The boats were coordinating their search efforts to recover a body observed in the river.

It is unknown if the body recovered may belong to Huber.