Apparent drowning victim recovered in northeastern Oklahoma

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) -- Authorities in northeastern Oklahoma say they've recovered the body of an apparent drowning victim in the Illinois River.

Grand River Dam Authority police say Dejuan Dewayne Mayberry, 29, of Tulsa was recovered Saturday evening a few hours after he disappeared.

Police say Mayberry was floating with friends at about 4 p.m. when he attempted to swim across the river near Tahlequah, 146 miles (235 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma City.

Authorities say Mayberry began to struggle, slipped beneath the surface and did not reappear. Witnesses called police and rescue efforts were launched by emergency responders.

Police say his body was recovered about 7:30 p.m. in about 6.5 feet of water. The cause of death will be determined by the State Medical Examiner's Office in Tulsa.

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