One still missing in Columbia River case

Police find vehicle on Oregon side of river

By Sue Vorenberg, Columbian features reporter

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Updated: December 29, 2012, 10:58 PM

 

Vancouver police, working with several other agencies, have identified two people believed to be associated with an empty kayak found in the Columbia River.

One of the two is a woman whose body was found near the Interstate 205 bridge on Friday. The other remains missing.

A bulletin issued Saturday by the Vancouver Police Department said a vehicle owned by one of the people was found in Oregon at a spot where people frequently launch kayaks.

A yellow kayak owned by one of the two is missing from their home.

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife crews spotted a woman in the river near the bridge around 9:30 a.m. Friday. Crews recovered the body of a woman in her 50s. She had no ID on her and had probably been dead less than 48 hours. She was wearing outdoor clothing and a flotation device.

Crews found the unoccupied kayak on the eastern tip of Government Island, and said it possibly had two passengers. The Vancouver Fire Department, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office searched but could not find a second victim.

Police did not release the names of the two people and asked anyone with information on the case to call 360-487-7424.