Davenport police released the cause of death on the body pulled Tuesday morning from the Mississippi River.

Preliminary findings of an autopsy on the body of David Howard Compton, 50, of Davenport show that he had drowned and that there were no signs of trauma, Davenport Police Capt. Dale Sievert said.

Sievert said that police received reports that Compton had been “despondent” in recent months.

There was no missing-person or attempt-to-locate report on Compton, police said.

A jogger on a riverfront recreational trail spotted the body about 50 feet from shore around 8 a.m. Tuesday. Two boats were dispatched, and the body was taken to shore.

The body had been in the water for some time and had begun to decompose, police said.

Police identified Compton’s body by his fingerprints.

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