Body found at Beacon Rock yet to be identified

By Emily Gillespie, Columbian breaking news reporter

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Authorities have not yet identified a body found in the Columbia River last week near Beacon Rock.

Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said that the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office is performing an autopsy and will work to identify the person by examining dental records.

A hiker spotted the body from a walking trail in Beacon Rock State Park and reported it to authorities around 8 p.m. Thursday, and responding deputies were able to reach the body from the shoreline.

There was no information if the body could be that of a Vancouver woman, Daphne Alexander-Christ, who’s been reported missing in that area since March 7. Her car was found parked at Beacon Rock State Park, but a search turned up no sign of her.