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Bodies Found In The Spokane River Identified

OFFICIAL RELEASE: The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office has confirmed the identification of the three individuals who were found in the vehicle in the Spokane River near the intersection of Boone and Hogan on July 6, 2011, as follows:

Dhital, Krishna

Cause of Death: Drowning in submerged motor vehicle

Manner of Death: Accident

Dhakal, Krishna

Cause of Death: Drowning in submerged motor vehicle

Manner of Death: Accident

Bhattarai, Dilli Ram

Cause of Death: Drowning in submerged motor vehicle

Manner of Death: Accident

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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM SPD: Late Wednesday morning Spokane Police Major Crimes Detectives located the missing Acura, registered to a missing Bhutanese man. Detectives found a piece of the Acura as well as the license plate on the shoreline across from 1608 E. Mission. Upon a further search the Spokane County Sheriff's Office helicopter located a vehicle submerged in the Spokane River several city blocks south.

Members of the Spokane County Emergency Operations Unit responded and assisted in the vehicle recovery. Divers entered the river and attached cables to the vehicle in order to extract it from the river. The mission took several hours due to the extremely strong current and poor visibility.

Just before 7pm the vehicle was pulled to shore and identified as the missing black Acura belonging to a missing Bhutanese man. Detectives believe the three bodies recovered from inside the car are the three missing Bhutanese men, but positive identification has not been made.

Three Bhutanese refugees were reported missing on June 13, 2011 by family members. The men were last seen in the area of 1600 E. Mission and had not been seen or heard from since.  Family members have worked with the World Relief Organization of Spokane and law enforcement in an attempt to locate the three men. 

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KHQ.COM - A bumper and a vehicle were pulled from the Spokane River in the area of Mission & Helena in east central Spokane on Wednesday afternoon. Authorities tell KHQ that the plates match that of a vehicle that was reported missing in June linked to three Bhutanese refugees.

Authorities are unsure if the bumper belongs to the vehicle in the water.

The vehicle last seen containing 17-year-old Krishna Dakal, a student at Lewis & Clark High School, and his cousins Dilliram Bhattarai, 28, and 21-year-old Krishna L. Dhital, of Tukwila. Dakal lives in a home in the 1600 block of East Mission with his family.

Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer DeRuwe tells KHQ police initially searched the area after a missing persons report was filed but the river was about 4 feet higher at the time. Detectives returned Wednesday and were able to see the bumper in the water.

There are more than 300 Bhutanese community members in Spokane and 1,000 in Washington state. The cousins fled Bhutan to Nepal when they were neighbors at a refugee camp. The Spokane family moved here two years ago.

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