Divers recover body of missing La Crosse man, 23

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Divers have recovered the body of the 23-year-old La Crosse man who disappeared after boating with friends a few days earlier.

Authorities pulled the body of Shalim S. Augustine from the Black River on Friday evening. He'd been missing since Tuesday night.

Police say there were no visible signs of trauma. An autopsy was scheduled for Saturday.

He'd gone boating with co-workers Tuesday night. Police say he'd been drinking but they didn't know whether he was drunk.

After the group docked, Augustine told his friends he was walking home. He was reported missing the following evening when he didn't show up to work.

Police say the case is an active death investigation. They ask that anyone with information contact them.


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The La Crosse Police Department is investigating a missing person case.

On Tuesday, July 8, 2014 between 11:00PM and midnight, Shalim Shah Augustine was with a group of friends who docked their boat at the landing behind Powerhouse Marine at 518 Logan Street in La Crosse. Augustine left the area on foot, walking southbound through the parking lot towards Copeland Park. Augustine did not return home and did not show up at work the next day.

Augustine, a 23 year old La Crosse resident, is 5’09″, 145 lbs, and has black hair and brown eyes. Augustine was last seen wearing a pink button-up shirt, tan cargo shorts, black sandals, and black sunglasses.

The attached picture of Augustine was taken the same day, prior to him going missing.

La Crosse Police have begun a search for Augustine using phone traces and records, as well as a K-9 search.

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