Body recovered from North Fork of the Lewis River

Man matches description of missing kayak fisherman from Kelso

By Scott Hewitt, Columbian Arts & Features Reporter



A guide boat fisherman found a body in the North Fork of the Lewis River on Saturday morning. The body is presumed to be that of Thadius M. Roberts, a kayak fisherman from Kelso who went missing on the river one week earlier, according to a statement from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies went at 8 a.m. Saturday to the Cedar Creek Boat Ramp off Etna Road, on the North Fork, after a fisherman reported seeing a body floating in the water. The body was recovered in a back eddy just downstream from the Cedar Creek ramp.

The adult male body matches the description of Thadius M. Roberts, 32, who went kayak fishing with friends on the North Fork on the afternoon of Sept. 28.

Roberts was noticed missing at around dusk.

His companions couldn’t locate him and reported him missing at around 10 p.m.; sheriff’s deputies, Marine Patrol and Clark County Fire and Rescue conducted a water and shoreline search and found his kayak floating unoccupied.

Roberts was not wearing a life jacket, although he had one with him. It was discovered in his kayak.

The body was taken into custody by the Clark County Medical Examiner for identification. Roberts’ relatives have been advised.

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