Body Pulled From River Identified
Date February 8, 2010
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MOSCOW, Russia — A man whose body was pulled from the Moscow River three weeks ago has been positively identified, but the cause of death remains unknown.

Mikhail Ivanov, 40, was last seen alive January 10, and he was reported missing on January 12 after he failed to show up for work, said Edvard Morozov, a spokesman for the local authorities. His body was discovered floating in the river by a couple crossing the Borodinsky Bridge on the evening of January 15 just after 8 p.m. about 50 yards north of the bridge, Morozov also said.

It appeared the body had been in the water for some time and was badly decomposed.

Authorities have speculated Ivanov's death may be the result of a robbery, though no final determination has been made. No identification was found on the body at the time of its discovery. It was identified Sunday using dental records provided by Ivanov's relatives.

Autopsy results are pending.

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