A local commercial fisherman made a grizzly discovery Tuesday afternoon while dropping his nets in the Mississippi River.
According to the Phillips County Sheriff's Department Robert Randleas and his son saw the body a partially clothed white male floating in the river about a mile south of the Helena Bridge.
Randleas told WMC-TV 5 out of Memphis that he was setting his nets out when his son pointed to what he thought was deer floating down the river. On closer look, Randleas noted that it was not a deer but a human body.
Randleas and his son found the body around 2 p.m.
Sheriff Neal Byrd told The Helena World that deputies responded to the call and went to the southeast side of the river where the body was recovered.
The body has been sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock.
“We've labeled the subject as 'John Doe',” stated Byrd. “At this point, we have no reason to speculate that he was a victim of foul play."