- Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2020

FORT PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The body of a deputy sheriff who drowned while trying to save his young son has been recovered from the Missouri River near Fort Pierre.

Volunteers helping search for the body of 37-year-old Lee Weber discovered it Thursday afternoon. KGFX reports Weber’s body was covered with an American flag, placed in a funeral car and escorted by law enforcement officers to a funeral home.

Weber had been missing since July 3 when he jumped into the river to save his 8-year-old son who had fallen from a moving boat. The child was picked up by nearby boaters, but Weber was swept away by the river’s current.

Weber was chief deputy for the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office and served in the South Dakota National Guard.

He is survived by his wife and six children. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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