Body found in Skagit River may be missing teen

Body found in Skagit River may be missing teen

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by KING 5 News

NWCN.com

Posted on August 25, 2010 at 11:16 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 25 at 11:22 AM

BURLINGTON, Wash. - Investigators say a body found in the Skagit River may be that of 13-year-old Joshua Soren.

Burlington Police say the body was found by fishermen about two miles down river from where Soren fell in.

The coroner's office still needs to make a positive identification.

Soren was playing in the river on a sand bar near Burlington with two friends when the sand gave way, sending him and teenage girl into the fast moving current. 

The girl was pulled from the river by another friend, Soren went under and never resurfaced.

An extensive search turned up nothing.

Skagit County Deputy John Hendrickson said the Skagit River is very dangerous because the water on the surface does not reveal the swirling undercurrent, and steep shelves that drop deep into the river.

"The water is moving at about 8 miles an hour under the surface," Hendrickson says. "If you were driving in a car at 8 miles per hour and tried to stop it with your foot, you couldn't. Same idea with this current; there is no stopping it, or fighting against it."

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