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UPDATE: Spokane River Murder Victim Had Legs & Hands Tied With Bag Over His Head

SPOKANE, Wash. -

UPDATE: The murder victim was found with his hands tied and his legs tied. The victim also had a bag over his head. Both of the suspects made a court appearance on Friday. A judge set Dakota Moss and Vincent Merrill's bond at $1 million each. Their arraignments will be on July 9th at 9:30. The murder victim has been identified as 40-year-old Mark E. Pedersen. The Medical Examiner's office says that Pedersen died of strangulation, he also had a blunt head injury.

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UPDATE: Hours after the discovery of a body in the Spokane River, Spokane Police Major Crimes (MCU) Detectives have arrested two people in connection to the suspicious death investigation.

20-year-old Vincent L. Merrill and 24-year-old Dakota J. Moss were arrested and charged with 1st Degree Murder. Both are scheduled to be in first appearance today.

The Spokane Police Dept. says all the people involved were transients. Everyone involved was living in that area (under the bridge) at the time of the murder. Detectives also believe that it was pre-meditated murder.

The identity of the male homicide victim will be released by the Spokane County Medical Examiners Office.

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KHQ.COM - Several emergency responders rushed to the Spokane River around 11 a.m. on Thursday after a few fishermen reported there was a body in the water under the Spokane Falls Boulevard bridge. The fishermen flagged down a runner because they did not have a cell phone, and the runner immediately called 911.

When emergency responders arrived they noticed a body was submerged. Major Crimes Detectives and the Spokane County Marine Rescue team is on scene now investigating and retrieving the body from the water. At this point the Spokane Police Department cannot tell us if it is a suicide or if the individual died some other way.

The police could not tell us at this point if the individual found dead was male or female. An autopsy is planned for Friday. If we get any new details we will be sure to update you immediately.

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TWEET FROM ALEX: Several law enforcement sources: "not your normal body in water recovery." "Definitely a homicide investigation."

TWEET FROM ALEX: Can't tell us if its a male or female. Can't tell us if it's a suicide or something else. Autopsy being performed tomorrow.

TWEET FROM ALEX: Around 11:30 fisherman found body. They flagged a runner and runner called 911. Major crimes investigating as a suspicious death.

TWEET FROM ALEX: It appears the medical examiner has arrived on scene of this recovery effort under Spokane Falls Blvd. bridge.

TWEET FROM ALEX: Lots of people standing by, but still no answers as to what happened here or who may be in the water

TWEET FROM ALEX: I'm told fishermen spotted the submerged body when they were fishing within the hour

TWEET FROM ALEX:I'm told there is a submerged body in the water. Don't know how long this person has been there. This is a recovery effort.

TWEET FROM ALEX: Rescue crews looking on. Still not sure what has happened. We're by Hamilton and Spokane Falls Blvd.

TWEET FROM ALEX: Just arrived at some type of water rescue/recovery. Report of body in the water.

BREAKING: Our Alex Rozier is heading to check out a report of a body in the Spokane River. We'll keep you posted. Keep checking back for updates.

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