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Missing man's body found in Stevens County

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NORTHPORT, Wash. - The Stevens County Sheriff's Office says it has found the body of 27-year-old Brian Sullivan of Kettle Falls after he was reported missing more than two weeks ago.

Deputies say they found Sullivan's body Friday in a remote area approximately seven tenths of a mile north of his home which is near the 3600 block of Northport-Flat Creek Rd., just outside of Northport.

Detectives say Sullivan was reported missing on the morning of on Jan. 28, and was last seen around 2:45 AM that day. Deputies say a neighbor found Sullivan's vehicle parked near the beach of the Columbia River four days later.  

Stevens County Search and Rescue, Stevens County Sheriff's Office, and U.S. Border Patrol conducted ground searches as well as searches by boat in the immediate area but did not find Sullivan.  Deputies say weather conditions kept them from conducting air searches at the time.

Detectives say they finally were able to conduct an aerial search of the area Feb. 13 with the assistance of the US Customs and Border Protection Air Wing.  Authorities spotted Sullivan's body from the air, and deputies recovered his body a short time later.

Detectives say the preliminary autopsy report showed no sign of trauma. Microscopic analysis and toxicology screens will be conducted to assist in determining the cause of death.  Deputies say they don't believe Sullivan's death is suspicious.

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