Authorities in Jersey County are investigating the death of a man who was pulled from the Mississippi River near Piasa Creek last evening. The man has been identified as 54-year-old Timothy J. Bechtold of Dow. He was apparently boating and swimming with another man when Bechtold went under the water.
Sources tell The Big Z, Bechtold was trying to swim to a small island in the Mississippi River near Piasa Creek when he disappeared. A friend who was with Bechtold located the victim and was able to pull him to shore, and called for help. Jersey County Coroner Larry Alexander pronounced Bechtold dead at approximately 8:40pm at Piasa Harbor. The Jersey County Coroner will perform an autopsy today to determine a cause of death.