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UPDATE: Brothers of missing fisherman locate his body

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CONWAY (KATV) - Arkansas Game & Fish Commission officials say they have found the body of a missing boater.

Mark Russell's body was found Sunday afternoon in the Arkansas River, according to Ross Spurlock with Game & Fish.

Spurlock told Channel 7 the Russell's body was identified by a family member.

Russell, 43, was reported missing Wednesday morning when he never returned from fishing Tuesday.

Russell's truck and trailer were found at the park Cadron Settlement Park Wednesday morning.

Game & Fish Commission searchers towed in his boat Wednesday afternoon around 3:00. They determined it hit a log or jetty at full speed (around 28 miles per hour), ejecting Russell.

The biggest hardship for investigators has been that the boat apparently kept moving after Russell was ejected, only stopping when it finally ran out of gas.

Search crews found the boat washed up by Toad Suck Dam. They found the only life jacket Russell owned still inside. That combined with water temperature of 68.4 degrees led investigators to rule the case a recovery effort - not a search.

Tonight on Nightside, Channel 7's Justin Lewis talks to Russells' brothers about them locating his body on Sunday. It's an interview you'll only catch on KATV tonight at 10.

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