Man who drowned in Columbia still unknown

By John Branton, Columbian Staff Reporter

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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.

John Branton: 360-735-4513 or john.branton@columbian.com.