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Kennewick man’s body found in Walla Walla River


WALLA WALLA — The body of a Kennewick man was discovered in the Walla Walla River by fisherman Sunday afternoon, two weeks after he disappeared.

The body of Eswin Danilo Reyes Gonzalez, 36, was found by fishermen about 1 p.m. Sunday, said Walla Walla County officials. Walla Walla deputies, county fire and Columbia Basin Dive Rescue responded and recovered the body, the sheriff’s office reported, according to the Tri-City Herald.

The coroner’s office took the body and an autopsy was conducted Monday morning. While the cause of his death hasn’t been officially determined, there isn’t any suspicion of foul play, Undersheriff Joe Klundt said in a news release.

Reyes Gonzalez had been missing since May 22, after he was fishing with friends and reportedly went in for a swim in the Walla Walla River at Madame Dorian Memorial Park.

He never resurfaced and rescue divers searched several times and could not find him. The water in the Walla Walla, Snake and Columbia rivers was in the low 50s, said sheriff’s officials. Those temperatures can cause people to develop hypothermia quickly.

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