EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County Coroner Stephen P. Nonn is reporting the identification of a man found dead Wednesday afternoon at the shoreline of the Mississippi River by a low-water dam near Granite City.
Joseph A. Frazier, 40, of Granite City, initially was reported missing at 5:50 p.m. Sept. 26 when, in the presence of his girlfriend, he climbed onto the Old Chain of Rocks Bridge deck and jumped into the river. His girlfriend saw him resurface and float a short distance down the river before he submerged.
Police interviews revealed Frazier had talked about how many times he had engaged in the same activity during his teen years and began saying he was going to jump from the bridge that day. His family members also told coroner’s investigators Frazier had jumped from the bridge in his younger days. Frazier did not voice any threat of suicide.
An autopsy Wednesday indicated a preliminary cause of death by drowning. Frazier also sustained fractures to his right ribs. There was no indication of foul play. Routine toxicology testing for the presence of alcohol and drugs is pending.
Funeral arrangements are pending under the direction of A.L. Beal Mortuary of St. Louis.
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