Body found in Mississippi River identified as missing woman; son still missing

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by Lakisha Jackson

KMOV.com

Posted on April 16, 2010 at 12:46 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 16 at 6:16 PM

(KMOV)-- The woman's body found floating in the Mississippi River last Friday has been identified as a woman who was reported missing.

Authorities said the body of Yasmin Rodriguez, 24, was discovered by a fisherman near the flood wall north of downtown. It appeared the body had been there for some time.

Authorities said when Rodriguez's body was recovered from the river there were no obvious signs of trauma. At this time the cause of death is still undetermined pending the outcome of the final autopsy report.

Rodriguez and her two-year-old son Gebar Byrd, Jr. were reported missing from University City. Rodriguez reportedly left with the child after a disagreement with the child’s father, Gebar Byrd, Sr. at their residence in the 6600 block of Crest. The child’s father has been cooperating with police. It is unclear as to how her body eventually ended up in St. Louis City. 

Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-TIPS. All calls are anonymous.

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