DES MOINES, Iowa — Authorities say the man whose body was recovered from the Des Moines River was being sought by police on robbery and assault charges.

Des Moines police said Thursday in a news release that the body was identified as that of 20-year-old Des Moines resident Phillip Philavanh. He’d been reported missing by his family on Dec. 12.

The Police Department says the body was reported around 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, south of the Grand Avenue bridge.

Police say he assaulted a family member and later attempted to steal a car on Nov. 5. The death investigation is continuing.

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