Originally Posted Online: July 01, 2013, 12:10 am
Last Updated: July 01, 2013, 12:10 am

Illinois swimmer drowns in Current River

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VAN BUREN, Mo. (AP) — An Illinois swimmer has drowned in the Current River in southern Missouri.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol identified the victim as Lucas E. Melhler of Hutsonville, Ill. The victim's age was listed as unknown.

The patrol says Melhler was floating down a stretch of the Current River in Carter County on Saturday afternoon when he became tangled in a branch. The victim then wasn't able to get out of the water.