Casper police have confirmed that the body discovered in the North Platte River on Monday morning March 5th, was that of 53-year old Michael Bender.

He was reported missing in middle December, after he was last seen at Taylor’s Sports Bar in Evansville.

His body was discovered in the river by workers at a construction company on Bryan Stock Trail.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday March 8th, to determine the exact cause of death.

Investigators say they don’t suspect foul play was involved, but are searching the river to try to determine how he wound up there.