Body found in Platte River identified

Published: Jun. 11, 2016 at 4:23 PM CDT
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The body of a man found along the Platte River in June has been identified as 40-year-old David Neal.

The identification came with the help of family members through the confirmation of tattoos. Neal had several tattoos, including a black and red scorpion on the inside of a forearm and a dark-colored shark surrounded by light blue water on another forearm.

His death was attributed to drowning. Neal had bought a raft and was last seen in the Platte River near Kearney. He had previously lived in Sterling, Colorado, Des Moines and Ames, Iowa.

Canoeists paddling on the river discovered the remains in a channel in some brush near the Bassway Strip Wildlife Management Area north of Minden on the afternoon of June 10th. The body was clothed in a camouflage jacket and pants and hiking boots.