One body has been identified, and police are working on identifying a second. An autopsy is to be performed today on Steven Califf, 43, whose body was found Monday near Sunset Marina in Rock Island. Rock Island County Coroner Brian Gustafson said it did not appear the cause of death was drowning, even though he was found on the shores of the Mississippi River.
The second body was discovered just before 4 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Park in Davenport. Police say the body is of a female, but the name won't be released until next of kin is notified.
Califf last was seen about 9 a.m. Jan. 2 as he left his home in the 800 block of 19th Street. When his family reported him missing, they told police he did not return home from an appointment and did not take his medication with him.
“It did not appear as though he was in the water,” Gustafson said of the remains.
In the Davenport case, a resident called emergency dispatchers at 3:57 p.m. to report a possible body in Centennial Park near the spray ground.
Shortly before 6 p.m., a Davenport Fire Department ladder truck arrived at the scene, which also was heavily occupied by police squad cars. The truck was being used to take aerial photos of the scene, police said.
Police Capt. Dale Sievert said the body was removed from the scene soon after, and an autopsy will be scheduled.
In addition to Califf, two other Quad-Citians have been reported missing in recent weeks.
A Facebook wall devoted to Carrie Olson, the 29-year-old Davenport woman who has been missing since Dec. 30, indicated family members were called to Centennial Park on Tuesday to try to identify the remains found there. The administrator of Find Carrie Olson wrote that the person at the park is not Olson.
Also missing is Willis Hughes, 45, also of Davenport. Family members have not seen Hughes since Dec. 21 and told police they were particularly concerned because he had been despondent over the recent unexpected death of his wife.