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Divers have found the body of a Peoria man who disappeared while trying to retrieve a drifting boat from the Illinois River.

Woodford County Coroner Tim Ruestman says that divers recovered the body of 52-year-old Bruce Lytle on Wednesday afternoon from the river near Spring Bay, about 20 yards from where he was last seen. Spring Bay is about 12 miles north of Peoria.

Authorities say Lytle and some friends pulled their boat ashore Tuesday afternoon and got out to walk when the boat drifted away. Lytle jumped in to the 52-degree water to try to get the boat and disappeared.

Ruestman says Lytle's body showed no signs of trauma. An autopsy is planned.

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