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UPDATE: Police identify man pulled from Wisconsin River in Wausau

Published: Aug. 31, 2020 at 4:00 PM CDT
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - Police have identified the man who drowned in the Wisconsin River in Wausau Monday afternoon as 48-year old Darren Belling.

According to a press release from the Wausau Police Department, crews were called to the Wausau Hydro Dam on S. 1st Ave after a Wisconsin Public Service employee saw a body in the water. Crews recovered the body from the water and cleared the scene around 4:30 Monday afternoon. According to police, Belling was known to frequent Big Bull Falls Park and the area under the Scott Street Bridge. It is not clear how or why he entered the water.

Wisconsin Public Service released a statement about the incident saying:

“At this time, we are not aware of any connection between this individual and our facility or employees. This afternoon, we notified local authorities after an individual was spotted in the water near our Wausau hydroelectric dam.”

WPS also said that they do not expect the body to significantly impact the hydroelectric facility or the energy it produces.

Wausau Police Department does not suspect foul play. The investigation is ongoing.

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