Body pulled from Columbia River identified

death ruled as a drowning

Escrito el 15 May 2021
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UPDATED: The man who's body was pulled from the Columbia River has been identified as Oscar Castaneda, 29, by the Benton County Coroner.

Castaneda was from Pendleton but has family in Pasco.

There were no injuries on his body, foul play is not believed to be involved.

The coroner says Kennewick Police spoke to Castaneda on Thursday, at the Columbia Park.

His body was found Friday morning at about 8 a.m. by a Parks and Rec employee floating in the river.

It's unknown what KPD spoke to Castaneda about.

Castaneda's death has been ruled a drowning, because no foul play is believed to be involved and autopsy is not planned.

Law enforcement responded to Columbia Park Friday morning for a body found floating in the Columbia River.

Crews are on scene at the park on Columbia Park Trail near the Blue Bridge.

Kennewick Police confirmed a floating body was found dead.

Authorities say the body appears to be a man about 20 to 30 years old.

Officials say a City of Kennewick Parks and Rec employee found the body around 8 a.m.

According to KPD, city employees check the outhouses near the Columbia River daily. When they checked Thursday they found nothing suspicious. It was during their check on Friday morning when they allegedly found the body.

Responding agencies include KPD, the Benton County Sheriff's Office and Kennewick Fire Department.

Authorities are asking people to avoid the area.

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