Body found in Eau Claire River identified

Altoona Police have identified the body pulled from the Eau Claire River on Friday.

Blake L. Mares, 23, fled from a traffic stop on October 20, 2017, conducted by an Altoona Police Officer. A missing persons report was filed in early November and several search efforts and interviews were conducted by the Eau Claire Police Department in attempt to locate Mares, after family and friends had not heard from him, a release said.

Eau Claire Police, Altoona Fire Department and Altoona Police Department responded to a call Friday morning regarding a body in the Eau Claire River between River Prairie Drive and a railroad trestle.

According to the Altoona PD, the body was transported to the University of Wisconsin Madison where a forensic autopsy was done and the body was confirmed to be Mares. There were no signs of external trauma and the preliminary diagnosis shows the cause of death to be a fresh water drowning.