Name: Christopher Nordby
Classification: Missing Adult
From: Minneapolis, MN
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 175 lbs
Identifying Marks: Broken front tooth (since repaired).
Last Seen Wearing: Possibly wearing T-shirt and long shorts.
Circumstances: Unknown. Chris was last seen at his work in the vicinity of the 100 block of 3rd Street North in the Warehouse District in downtown Minneapolis. He never returned home from work and his bag was located near the Mississippi River.
Student spots body in river near campus
The body of an unidentified man, who appeared to be 18 to 20 years old, was found in the Mississippi River, near the Washington Avenue Bridge on Monday morning, after a student spotted it, Minneapolis police said.
The body appeared to have been in the river for some time and is being investigated by the Minneapolis Police Homicide Unit, although the cause of the man's death has not been determined, Lt. L.A. Evenrud of the Minneapolis park police said.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiners Office said the autopsy and identification of the body should be completed Tuesday morning.
A female student on her way to class spotted the corpse floating along the river on the West Bank, Evenrud said.
Police officials from several departments searched for the body Monday morning, and a Minneapolis Fire Department boat recovered the body near the University's Centennial Showboat's dock before noon, Evenrud said.
He said he thinks this is the third body found in the Mississippi this year, which he said is average.
In the two previous cases, two women jumped off the Franklin Avenue bridge at different times in January. One woman was found dead, and another was pulled ashore and survived, Evenrud said.
- Tim Sturrock
February 13th 2002
Body identified; drowning suspected
Drowning is the suspected cause of death of a 27-year-old Minneapolis
man recovered from the Mississippi River on Monday, police said
Authorities recovered the body of Christopher Jack Nordby just after 9 a.m. Monday after a University student spotted it in the river on her way to class.
Nordby is a former University student last registered in spring 2000. Minneapolis police had been investigating his disappearance since Nov. 7 after Nordby's father, Hennepin County District Judge Jack Nordby, reported his son missing.
Nordby was last seen in November near the Minneapolis warehouse district. He never returned home from work that day, and his bag was later discovered near the Mississippi River, according to documents from the Nation's Missing Children Organization and Center for Missing Adults.
Minneapolis police Sgt. Thomas O'Rourke had been investigating Nordby's disappearance. He said from what he knew of Nordby, it was not uncharacteristic of him to have been near the river.
"That would've been one of the ways he went to work," he said.
An evaluation by the Hennepin County medical examiner revealed no signs of evident trauma on the body, but Minneapolis police are still investigating the death pending toxicology reports, said Minneapolis police spokeswoman Cyndi Montgomery.
"It's all based on the medical examiner's findings," she said.
- Travis Reed. Joanna Dornfeld contributed to this report.