Body found in Pend Oreille River - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Body found in Pend Oreille River

BONNER COUNTY, Idaho. - Just after 9 a.m. Friday, the Bonner County Sheriff's Office was notified by a railroad employee of a body in the Pend Oreille River near Johnson Creek.

The employee, on a moving train, saw what he thought was a body in the river. The train was stopped and put in reverse to verify that what the employee saw was a body. Upon further investigation, the employee determined what he saw 20 feet from shore was indeed a body and authorities were notified.

The sheriff's office arrived on scene and had to wait a short while for marine assistance to recover the body. The body, that of an unidentified man, was recovered a short distance from the north shoreline in 4 to 5 feet of water.

The sheriff's office says the body had been in the water for a long time.

The sheriff's office will be researching missing persons reports to attempt to identify the man. An autopsy is scheduled for June 1 to help in the identification process and the possible cause of the man's death.

Authorities say the man's death is suspicious.

Stay with KHQ.com for more information.

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