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

Body found in Pend Oreille River identified

BONNER COUNTY, Idaho. - The Bonner County Sheriff's Office has identified a body found in the Pend Oreille River Friday as 51-year-old Patrick Clifford Opferman. The Sheriff's office believes Opferman left the Long Bridge Bar and Grill on the night of November 30, 2008 and accidentally fell over the railing.

Just after 9 a.m. Friday, the 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 of Opferman 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.

From preliminary findings of the autopsy, the cause of death was accidental drowning. Sheriff's office says there were no signs of foul play.

Even though Opferman's body has been recovered, detectives are still asking for anyone with information about the events leading up to his disappearance to please contact the Bonner County Sheriff's office.

Stay with KHQ.com for more information.

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