Officers block off the scene near The Spokane Club to investigate a body found on the south bank of the river. (Photo from KHQ)
SPOKANE, Wash. -
UPDATE: The man found in the Spokane River has been identified as Robert Ridlington.
UPDATE: Officials tell KHQ that the death is being investigated as a suicide.
UPDATE: Spokane Police Major Crimes detectives are investigating the discovery of a body on the south bank of the Spokane River in between Monroe and Maple.
Police say the body is that of a man, who appears to be in his thirties, wearing jeans and a jacket. Police say there are no obvious signs of trauma.
The man has not been identified, but an autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.
Spokane Police Department Press Release:
Spokane Police responded to a report of a body near the river just below the Spokane Club today. Police were able to confirm that there was a body at the rocks and not in the river.
At about 3pm today a person fly fishing in the Spokane River just below the Spokane Club said he saw what he though was a body. Spokane police officers were able to get within about 15 yards of the body to confirm it was indeed a person. The embankment in this area is tree covered, steep and covered in snow. Major crimes detectives and fire personnel are on scene at this time. Fire/rescue are in the process of trying to retrieve the body by boat and rappelling down the embankment.
At this time there is no information on the sex of the deceased or the cause of death.
Spokane Police are investigating a body found on the south bank of the Spokane River between Monroe and Maple.
Spokane Police are setting up tape just west of the Spokane Club near the Monroe Street Bridge.
The body was spotted near the river on the south bank, making retrieval for difficult. Crews will have to rappel down the embankment to get the body up to the top.
KHQ has a crew on scene and will update this story as soon as any new information becomes available.
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