Man found dead in Yakima River, detectives investigate

Man found dead in Yakima River, detectives investigate

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. - Detectives are investigating a body found in the Yakima River.

Reports from the Yakima County Sheriff's Office (YCSO) said a passerby discovered the deceased person in the Yakima River near the bridge near State Route 22, Thursday. YCSO received the report around 2:26 p.m.

Investigators say the body looks to have been in the water for a while before it was discovered.

YCSO detectives are working to determine the identity of this person. Upon initial investigation, the deceased is a man.

Coroners conducted an autopsy Monday morning to help determine the cause of death.

[Update, Oct. 23] County coroner Jack Hawkins said the deceased is a Hispanic man in his early twenties. He said coroners will be able to positively identify the man once scheduled dental tests are complete.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to call YCSO at 574-2500 or 800-572-0490.

Information may also be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers of Yakima County at 248-9980 or 800-248-9980 or online.

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