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Deputies Recover Body In Fremont County

The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the identity of a body recovered on Saturday that’s believed to be a Rexburg man who disappeared nearly four weeks ago.

It was found just west of the Coffee Pot rapids in Island Park.

Sheriff Len Humphries said the description of John Bryner’s clothing matches what was found on the body. It was also discovered on the hillside above the water, an estimated half-mile from where Bryner’s canoe was recovered.

Humphries said a group of hikers came across the remains late Saturday afternoon.

Investigators, along with the Fremont County coroner were on scene and determined it was several weeks old.

The body was discovered within 100 yards of where search efforts for Bryner have been ongoing since he was last seen on June 30, reportedly setting out for a canoe trip down the Henry’s Fork River.

“(I) visited with his wife yesterday. She confirmed that sweatshirt specifically, sounded like his sweatshirt, so that gives us a good indication that it’s probably him,” said Humphries. “We do not have a firm identification yet.”

Humphries said he’s not aware of anyone else missing in the area.

The body has been taken to Idaho Falls. An autopsy and identification should come from the coroner on Monday evening.

Bryner had gone on a canoe trip on the Henry’s Fork River. Several days later, police found his canoe.

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