Sign At Side Of Road Leads To Fisherman's Body - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Sign At Side Of Road Leads To Fisherman's Body

BREWSTER, Wash. - A sign written in Spanish led two people to the body of a Tonasket fisherman who fell into the Columbia River last month. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers tells The Wenatchee World that the two were driving on State Route 17 Wednesday between Bridgeport and Brewster when they spotted a small handwritten sign.

It said, in Spanish, "Dead Body, Water" with an arrow pointing toward Washburn Island. They stopped, walked to the river and saw the body, then called police. Rogers says the body has been identified as 63-year-old Gary A. Rillera, who apparently fell out of his 10-foot boat in rough waters near Bridgeport while fishing on Sept. 4.

Rogers says he has no idea why those who wrote the sign didn't contact authorities, unless they just didn't want to deal with police.

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