SOUTH SIOUX CITY | Police say a Waterbury, Neb., man's drowning in the Missouri River was an accident.

Late Monday, police said a body found in the river Sunday afternoon is that of Anthony J. Campbell, 25. He went missing from Scenic Park Campground, 801 Riverview Drive., about 4 a.m. Friday.

After searches Friday and Saturday, Nebraska conservation officers dragging the river Sunday found Campbell's body in a pool of slow water on the Nebraska side of the river about 200 yards north of the railroad bridge, said Assistant South Sioux City Fire Chief Clint Nelson.

Dakota City firefighters were also participating in the search the day Campbell was found.

Campbell had gone to the riverfront park with a female acquaintance from South Sioux City, said South Sioux City Police Chief Scot Ford. He went into the water and was swept away.

Campground manager Sue Brown heard a woman screaming and called police. She said the woman had tried to rescue Campbell from the water.

The woman lived in the neighborhood, Ford said. Police are not releasing her name, but Ford said she does not face any charges in the incident.

The fast-moving current, large quantities of debris and murky water make the river treacherous, and local officials advise against swimming in it.

On Friday, divers from Yankton, S.D., and a boat carrying South Sioux City firefighters focused on the waters just offshore where Campbell had entered the river. Crews looking for Campbell had already searched at least a mile of the river by boat shortly after he went in.

Area dive teams, boats with side-scanning sonar and cadaver dogs were all used in the search for Campbell.


Visit to see video of the Missouri River search effort.