The Illinois River. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World file

The body recovered from the Illinois River on Saturday is that of a Tulsa man, Grand River Dam Authority police announced Sunday.

Dejuan Dewayne Mayberry, 29, was floating with friends south of the Riverside Park area about 4 p.m. when he tried to swim across the river, police said. He began struggling and went under, never resurfacing.

Witnesses immediately called police, and rescue crews recovered Mayberry’s body about 3½ hours later.

Police initially reported Mayberry drowned near Riverside Floats.

The Tahlequah Fire Department, Illinois River Fire Department, Cherokee Nation EMS and the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the search, according to a news release.

Mayberry’s body was taken to the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Tulsa, where a cause and manner of death will be determined.

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Kelsy Schlotthauer


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Kelsy graduated with a journalism degree from Oklahoma State University in 2018 and moved to Colorado to cover breaking news before The World called her home in 2019. Follow her on Twitter for real-time reports. Phone: (918) 581-8455

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