CRESCENT BAR, Wash. - The body of a young woman was discovered along the bank of the Columbia River, and Douglas County authorities say they are working on the assumption that it is the body of 17-year-old Mackenzie Cowell, who has been missing since Tuesday.
The Chelan County Sheriff's Office said the body was discovered by about 2 p.m. Saturday.
A family friend told the Seattle Times that Mackenzie was murdered.
A spokesman for Chelan County Sheriff's Office said it appears the body was put there by someone. The body was found with her feet in the water and fully clothed.
The FBI is helping the Douglas County Sheriff's Office with the investigation. The sheriff says the details of the case are forcing them to cover a lot of ground.
"It's a very unusual case in that the young woman lived in Douglas County, worked and went missing from Wenatchee, her car was found in a remote part of Chelan County, yet her body was found in a very remote part of Douglas County," said Harvey Gjesdal, Douglas County Sheriff.
Cowell was last seen Tuesday afternoon leaving a beauty school class in Wenatchee. Her locked car was found that night near Mission Ridge, about 40 miles from her home in Orondo. Her purse and some clothes were found in the car, but her debit card was missing. Moore says a single set of footprints was found outside the car.
Detectives will be at the scene again today. An autopsy will be conducted tomorrow to determine what led to Cowell's death.