By Clarion Staff
CALLAWAY COUNTY – The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a body found Monday afternoon in the Missouri River is Lloyd Randle III. According to a news release issued late Tuesday morning by Lincoln University Communications and Marketing, Randle was a first-year Blue Tiger student and was recently elected vice president of the freshmen class.
The Highway Patrol says that on Friday at about 9:30 p.m. someone reportedly witnessed Randle drive a 2007 Dodge Caliber into the river at Noren Access, which is located just across the river from Jefferson City. Search crews found the vehicle Saturday afternoon submerged 25 feet under the surface.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol and Callaway County Sheriff’s deputies searched for Randle throughout the weekend. On Monday, they found his body about 700 feet downstream from where his car entered the river on Friday night.
The Highway Patrol says they have no idea why Randle’s car went into the water.