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Update on search efforts for missing man on the Columbia River near Mattawa

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Update on search efforts for missing man on the Columbia River near Mattawa

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August 23, 2012

(Mattawa, WA)  The search has continued throughout this week for a man who jumped into the Columbia River off Desert Aire this past Sunday and did not resurface.

Grant County Sheriff’s Marine Deputies, Search and Rescue Divers, an underwater robot from Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, global positioning and sonar equipment operated by the Seattle Police Department Harbor Patrol, and patrol boats from Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Grant County PUD have been searching the surface, shoreline and underwater in the river during daylight hours since the man disappeared Sunday afternoon. In spite of all the efforts, the man’s body has not yet been found.

From today forward, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and local resources will routinely patrol the river and shoreline with the hope of recovering the man’s body. No further dive searching will take place.

At the request of the family, the Sheriff’s Office is not publicly releasing the name of the victim because some of the victim’s family is travelling abroad and have not yet been told the man is missing.

“I am very sorry for this man’s family,” said Sheriff Tom Jones. “We have brought together many resources to search, and sadly, we have not found him yet. I do hope our efforts have brought some comfort to his family, and we will continue to search until his body is recovered.”

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