Severely decomposed body found in Clackamas River
A body later identified as Christopher Kevin Copp was discovered Friday, July 23, in the Clackamas River, authorities say.
Copp, 43, was last seen walking away from his home on Feb. 15, and Gladstone police had been conducting an active investigation into his disappearance.
A snorkeler who had been swimming in the Clackamas River reported seeing a body near Clackamette Park in Oregon City around 3:30 p.m. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Dive Team, Oregon City Police, Gladstone Police, Clackamas Fire District No. 1 and the Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue all responded to the scene.
Once in the area, crews found a body submerged in 12 feet of water. It was located downstream from the Highway 99E/McLoughlin Boulevard bridge.
A Clackamas County Medical Examiner responded to the scene, but the body's extreme decomposition made determining its identification difficult. An autopsy will be performed at the Oregon State Police Crime Lab to determine the cause of death.
Anyone with information about this case is urged to contact the Sheriff's Office Tip Line by calling 503-723-4949 or by using the online email form, referencing CCSO Case No. 21-015585.
KOIN 6, a news partner of the Pamplin Media Group, contributed to this report.
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