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Body found in Rock River near Roscoe identified

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Just after 6 a.m. Sunday morning, a fisherman contacted police, after finding a now identified body floating in the Rock River.

Investigators with the Winnebago County Sheriff's Department are still trying to find out how 30 year-old Richard Leach, of Roscoe, ended up dead in the river.

According to the National Weather Service's river observation gauge, Rock River water levels are down to about two and a half feet. Brandon Gile, who fishes the river about once a month, says even with low water levels, he's still looking out for dangerous currents.

"Right where the channel is, it'll suck you under if you're not paying attention."


Riverside Park is also home to the Roscoe/Rockton Lions and Junior Indians football field. The football organization's Vice President Adam May, who is on the park's grounds almost everyday, says people should be prepared before they enter the river.

"I would say to anyone who uses the river, for recreation or whatever, that boater's safety and swimmer's safety are of the utmost importance when you access that water." -says May.

According to the Winnebago County Sheriff's Dept, foul play was not a factor in Leach's death, and there weren't any visible signs of trauma on the body. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

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