Body found in fatal drowning at Current River in Ripley County, MO

The body of James D. Hough, 42, of Doniphan, MO., was found Sunday, August 13, in the morning in at Current River about 300 yards south of the Doniphan City Boat Ramp just before 11 o’clock.

The Missouri Highway Patrol said drowning was the cause of Hough’s death.

According to officers with the Ripley County Sheriff’s Department, Hough was last seen with his girlfriend Thursday, evening on August 10, when they went swimming just down river from the boat ramp.

She told officials that she didn’t see him go underwater and thought he left the area without her.

She reported him missing to the Doniphan Police Department Friday night on August 11.

At this time there is no evidence of foul play.

Ripley County Coroner Mike Jackson has scheduled an autopsy for this morning, Monday, August 14.