Man who drowned in Columbia still unknown

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter


photoAuthorities are asking for help in identifying the man who wore this belt when he drowned in the Columbia River some time ago.

Cowlitz County officials have released a photo of a belt worn by an unidentified man whose badly decomposed body was found Dec. 15 along the Columbia River in Longview.

The belt was made of corded fabric, purple and off-white. It had metal clips on the end.

In other details, the man wore Rustler-brand jeans, size 36 waist by 32 inches. He had upper and lower dentures and a week’s growth of gray beard.

He wore a dark sock. Any shoes and jewelry may have fallen off.

The cause and manner of death are listed as “undetermined pending any new information,” according to a bulletin.

Deputy Coroner Brett Dundas said that because of the age and advanced decomposition, he has ruled out Aaron Brandley, a 17-year-old Mountain View High School senior who jumped off the Interstate 205 Bridge in mid-October.

Aaron’s body is believed to be still missing, a school official said Tuesday.

The body of a Camas man, Carl Lacour, 45, was recovered in late August after he jumped off a boat near Jantzen Beach.

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