Body of missing St. Helens teen found in Washington
UPDATED Friday, Jan. 18: The body of a St. Helens teen reported missing in October was found three days ago in Washington, according to information from his family.
The body of Marciano Sakhoeun, 17, was found just outside of Cathlamet, in the Columbia River.
Toby Carlson, Sakhoeun's father, confirmed the discovery with the Spotlight on Tuesday morning, Jan. 16.
Police are investigating and an autopsy has not yet been completed, Carlson said. The cause of the teen's death has not been determined, but Sakhoeun was found in the same clothes he was wearing the night he disappeared, Carlson said.
St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss confirmed that a body was located on Sunday, Jan. 14. On Friday, Jan. 18, Moss confirmed by email that the Wahkiakum County Sheriff's Office and Coroner were investigating the case and an autopsy confirmed the remains were that of Sakhoeun. The cause of death was not determined, pending the results of toxicology report which could take several weeks, Moss explained.
Moss said SHPD has been in contact with Sakhoeun's family throughout the process.
"Marciano was a fine young man with a bright future," Moss said by email. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends as they continue to work through this incredibly difficult time."
Sakhoeun was a senior at St. Helens High School and had recently enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Carlson said Sakhoeun had moved to St. Helens in late 2016 and had previously lived with his mother in Texas and Washington.
Sakhoeun was last seen by his family as he was walking away from his home on Firlock Park Boulevard at 11 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. The boy had asked his brother, Toby Carlson Jr., 21, to go for a walk before he left. Sakhoeun was reported missing by his family on Oct. 21.
The family led several searches on foot in Columbia City and Deer Island in the months following his disappearance. Sakhoeun's disappearance was reported by various media outlets and organizations dedicated to locating missing children.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.