Woman's body found in Columbia River

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by David Krough

NWCN.com

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 29 at 7:10 PM

PORTLAND – The body of a woman was recovered from the Columbia River Friday.

The unidentified woman was found by a fish and wildlife patrol officer just after 10 a.m. near the I-205 Glenn Jackson Bridge.

Kim Kapp with Vancouver police said the woman had on kayaking gear. Searchers found a two-person kayak not far away on Government Island.

There was no sign of foul play, according to police.

“It seems likely there was some sort of a boating accident where the people were discharged out,” Vancouver Police Sgt. Scott Creager said. “The water today according to officers on the sheriff’s boat is about 40 degrees, so I don’t imagine a person would survive very long in that type of environment without the proper clothing and she did not have the type of clothing that would sustain her very long.”

The victim appeared to be an Asian female in her early 50s, dressed in "outdoor clothing and wearing a floatation device," police said.

Searchers from Multnomah and Clark counties were investigating.

Anyone with information was asked to call Vancouver Police Major Crimes Sgt. Scott Creager at (360) 487-7424.

KGW Reporter Pat Dooris contributed to this report

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