Body of missing man found in Payette River

kmoeller@idahostatesman.comJuly 16, 2014 

The body of a 43-year-old man who went missing near the Payette River May 2 was recovered on Friday, according to the Boise County Coroner's Office.

The identity of Dean Eric Christianson was confirmed through dental records, according to Boise County Chief Deputy Coroner Michael Johnson. His next of kin has been notified.

Investigators found no indications that Christianson died from anything other than drowning, Johnson said. His body was found in the river about 3 miles downstream from where he was last seen along the Payette River on Banks-Lowman Highway.

Christianson was with a group of adults headed to Skinny Dipper Hot Springs May 2. They stopped at a pullout near milepost 4 on the highway. Christianson went down to the Payette River to fill a canteen with water, but never returned.

Johnson identified Christianson as a Minnesota man. Previously, Boise County Chief Deputy Dale Rogers said Christianson had been living in Cascade but was in the process of moving to Missouri.

Katy Moeller: 377-6413

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