UPDATED: Body found floating in Columbia River identified

By: 
KATIE LEITHEAD
Reporter

UPDATE:
The body found floating in the Columbia River on June 28 was identified on July 6 as Jeffery David Bauder.

Bauder, 28-years-old, was originally reported missing out of Trail, B.C.

Bauder was with a group of friends jet skiing on the river when friends witnessed him going under the water on May 9.

“We had a suspicion it was him but we weren't able to confirm until recently,” said Stevens County Coroner Lorrie Sampson.

Bauder's family was notified and the body has already been returned to Trail.

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Fishermen looking to catch sturgeon on the Columbia River south of China Bend Vineyards caught sight of a body floating in the water June 28 around 11:45 a.m.

Several fishing parties reported the body to the Stevens County Sheriff's Office.

The National Park Service (NPS) retrieved the man from the water and waited for the Stevens County Coroner.

The body was transferred to the Spokane County Medical Examiner for an autopsy the morning of June 29, according to Deputy Sheriff Andy Harbolt with the Stevens County Sheriff's Office.

As of Friday afternoon, the body had not been identified.

Harbolt noted that the body was quite decomposed and that it's hard to tell where it came from.

“Depending on the time of the year, the body goes in and may not surface right away,” Harbolt explained. “Gases will build up with the decomposition and eventually, depending on water temperature and depth, it'll rise to the surface at some point – if there's enough gases in the body –and that's probably what happened in this case.”

Stevens County detectives and the NPS are investigating.

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