City workers cleaning debris out of the Little Arkansas River near downtown Wichita on Friday morning thought they had scooped up a mannequin.
It wasn't. It was a human body.
An hour later, emergency crews recovered the body of a man who appeared to be in his 50s from the water near Central and Seneca, said Lt. Chris Conover of the Wichita Fire Department.
The man was partially clothed and appeared to have been in the river for at least a couple of days, Conover said.
"He's possibly a homeless man," Conover said. "We have a lot downtown, and this happens quite often. We find bodies under bridges, in the river. This would be our second this year."
Investigators say there were no signs of foul play.
"There was no major trauma," said Lt. Ken Landwehr of the Wichita Police Department.
Landwehr said the man had no identification on him and would have to be identified through fingerprints.
Because of the length of time the body had been in the water, Landwehr said, it would take until at least next week to make an identification.
Sgt. Jeff Davis of the Wichita police said city workers alerted police after finding the body during a cleanup of the river about 11 a.m. near the Riverside Tennis Complex.