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 Tuesday.

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.