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The 37-year-old was reportedly swimming with a friend who left for an errand and returned to find him missing

A 37-year-old Prineville man was found dead in the Deschutes River near Crooked River Ranch Saturday evening.

According to a Deschutes County Sheriff's Office report, authorities responded to the area of mile post 6 on Lower Bridge Way around 9:15 p.m., Aug. 6, following a report of a missing person. The reporting person told deputies that he had been swimming with his friend. At one point, he went to run an errand and when he returned, he was unable to find his friend.

Deputies searched the area along with two search and rescue volunteers, a drone with thermal capabilities and K9 Copper with his partner Deputy Donny Patterson, without success.

At approximately 7 a.m., additional resources responded to the area to assist in the search consisting of 17 search and rescue volunteers and the swift water rescue team, K9's and drone teams. After approximately five and a half hours, the subject was found in the river approximately one half-mile downstream from Lower Bridge Way. The subject was deceased when he was located.

Authorities said the investigation is a non-criminal investigation and that nothing suspicious was noted. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending next of kin notification.


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