Crews recover body in Mississippi River believed to be missing 12-year-old boy

Crews have recovered a body believed to be that of a young boy who went missing in the Mississippi River near Hidden Falls Regional Park Monday night. 

The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol recovered the body at 10:15 a.m. near the Lilydale boat launch, according to spokesperson Roy Magnuson. 

Family previously identified the missing boy as 12-year-old Ashok Pradhan. He had just finished 6th grade at Humboldt Junior High. 

Hidden Falls drowning victim

The family of Ashok Pradhan identified the 12-year-old as the drowning victim in the Mississippi River near Hidden Falls in St. Paul Tuesday. (Family of Ashok Pradhan)

Pradhan went missing around 7 p.m. Monday. Officials say that stretch of river in St. Paul can be dangerous due to the Ford Parkway Lock and Dam, the steep drop-off under water, and the curve of the river.

"It might look appealing from here, but we don’t know what’s going on under the surface," said Sergeant Jeremy Bolen-Knutson with the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office told FOX 9 on Tuesday. "Realistically, one minute it could be knee deep and the next step it could be over your head."

He said the water is currently moving three and a half to four miles per hour, and while that may not sound fast, it is enough to knock someone off of their feet or carry them away if they don’t have a good footing.

The Ramsey County Medical Examiner will formally identify the victim.