River body identified as missing Oregon fisherman

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A body found in the Columbia River just north of Portland has been identified as an Oregon fisherman missing since last month.

The sheriff's office in Cowlitz County, Wash., said the body found floating at an industrial dock on the Columbia River near Kalama on Tuesday was 51-year-old Jeffrey Ferguson of Cornelius, Ore.

Ferguson was last seen May 20 launching his fishing boat from the Scappose Bay Marina in the Multnomah Channel.

His boat was found anchored and empty in the channel on May 23 after his family had reported him missing, followed by an extensive search.

The Cowlitz County Coroner's Office has ruled Ferguson's death was an accidental drowning.