Body recovered of Snake River drowning victim

July 23, 2013 

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Malheur County, Ore., Senior Deputy Anthony Hackman, left, and Lt. Rob Hunsucker look for a 13-year-old who disappeared Sunday night in the waters of the Snake River near the Idaho/Oregon border outside Ontario. “It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack,” Hunsucker said.

JOE JASZEWSKI — jjaszewski@idahostatesman.com

— Malheur County deputies found the body this afternoon of a 13-year-old boy who fell off a railroad trestle Sunday and landed in the Snake River.

"He was found very near the area where he fell in," Sheriff Brian Wolfe said.

Authorities have not released the boy's name, pending notification of next of kin. He is believed to have drowned.

The boy was fishing from the trestle near Ontario with friends Sunday when he slipped and went into the river. He was not a strong swimmer and was unable to swim to shore, authorities said.

A decision has not been made whether an autopsy will be performed. The county's medical examiner and district attorney will decide whether to conduct one, Wolfe said.

It was Malheur County's first drowning of the year.

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