Body recovered from Columbia River

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance


Updated: December 28, 2012, 2:31 PM


Vancouver police found a woman’s body in the Columbia River Friday. The also found an empty kayak and are trying to determine if another person is missing.

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife crews spotted a woman in the river near the Interstate 205 bridge during a regular patrol around 9:30 a.m., said Capt. Scott Willis, a Vancouver Fire Department spokesman. Firefighters were dispatched to the water just before 10:30 a.m.

Vancouver firefighter Andy Sulla said crews recovered the body of a woman who was in her 50s. She had no ID on her and probably died in the last 48 hours, he said. She was wearing outdoor clothing and a flotation device.

According to a Vancouver police bulletin, crews also found an unoccupied kayak on the eastern tip of Government Island. It appeared the kayak possibly had two passengers, the release said.

The Vancouver Fire Department, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office searched the area to search for a second victim. They were unable to find anyone.

Police ask anyone with information on the case to call Major Crimes Sgt. Scott Creager at 360-487-7424.

This story will be updated.