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Search for Nick Wilcox continues after man's body pulled out of Milwaukee River

CREATED Jan. 10, 2013 - UPDATED: Jan. 10, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - People searching for Nick Wilcox, a man who went missing on January 1, continue in their efforts to find him.

That's because Milwaukee Police Department reports a body pulled out of the Milwaukee River in downtown Milwaukee on Thursday morning is of a man in his 50's.

Crews discovered the body near the corner of North Water Street and West Wisconsin Avenue before 9:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's office first told TODAY'S TMJ4's Nick Montes they believed the body was of an elderly man, and not Wilcox, who went missing early that morning after leaving the Irish Rec Room, blocks from the river in downtown Milwaukee.

According to two contractors who spoke to Montes, the body was initially believed to be someone in his 40's with a bald spot and a red undershirt. 

"We're doing some work on the Riverwalk.  We've seen stuff floating up and down the river all day," said worker Dan Lewandowski, who thought the body was originally a dog.

"(Eventually,) we could tell it was somebody."

They then called 911.

There was no initial word on the identity of the person who was found.

Montes also reports that streets are closed near the scene of the body recovery, including Wisconsin Avenue.

"I heard fire engines.  I looked down and saw something in the water they were pointing to, with dark clothing, floating," Earl Sadowsky told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Jon Byman.

"(The fire department) put guys in the water.  They (were) putting the body in the boat."

Family and friends have been searching since January 1st for Wilcox.

Said Sadowsky, "Go home and hug your kids tonight."

Check back for more details on this breaking story as they come in to us.