Missing airman’s canoe found in Spokane River



SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Spokane County sheriff’s officer says a sheriff’s team doing some scheduled training on the Spokane River has found a canoe and backpack belonging to a Fairchild Air Force Base airman who vanished on the river last month.

Deputy Craig Chamberlin says members of the Emergency Operations Team found the canoe Tuesday at the Seven Mile Bridge, about four feet underwater, pinned against a support pillar by the current.

On March 31, 26-year-old James Ramse-Lassiter launched an 11-foot canoe into the fast-moving river. He hasn’t been seen since. He’s not believed to have been wearing a life vest or a helmet.

Chamberlin says the emergency operations team will continue periodic searches for the man on the river and Long Lake.