A body believed to be a Moses Lake man missing since December was found Monday with the help of Franklin County's new, remote-controlled underwater search-and-rescue robot.
Grant County Sheriff's officials were back at the Potholes Reservoir again Monday searching for Dan Toya, 64.
He had been missing since Dec. 23 after reportedly taking his dog for a walk near Samson's Beach after leaving a Moses Lake veterinarian's office.
On Sunday, Toya's golden retriever, Molly, was found floating in the reservoir. One of Toya's friends who had been walking along Samson's Beach spotted the dog's body, said Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones.
A scan of an imbedded microchip confirmed the dog was Molly, but there still were no signs of Toya.
Franklin County's SARbot, purchased in February after two years of fundraising by Franklin County officials, was taken up to Grant County on March 1 to help with the search.
Earlier searches were hampered by surface ice, which now is melting, Jones said.
He said the clothing and ID on the body lead them to believe that it is Toya. Jones says there are no obvious signs of trauma or foul play. Detectives say he may have fallen in the water while trying to rescue his dog.
An autopsy is planned for today.
Grant County deputies seek suspects in drive-by at game
Grant County sheriff's deputies are searching for perhaps as many as two suspects in Saturday's suspected gang-related drive-by shooting at a high school soccer game in Mattawa.
The shooting happened at 1 p.m. at the soccer field next to Wahluke High School, 500 N. Boundary Ave., said Undersheriff Dave Ponozzo. No one was hurt, but the game between the Wahluke Warriors and Overlake High School in Redmond, Wash., was canceled.
Witnesses said a silver car, perhaps an Oldsmobile Alero, drove by and two men inside yelled profanities and threats at a rival gang, Ponozzo said.
Several shots were then fired from the car, forcing soccer players and spectators to take cover, he said. The car then drove off through a nearby orchard.
Shell casings were recovered and sent to the state crime lab.
There's no word if the game will be rescheduled.
Anyone with information on the shooting can call the sheriff's office at 509-754-2011, extension 468 and reference incident number 12GS03179. Anonymous tips can also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crime Stoppers offers reward in connection with Pasco man
Pasco police and Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers are searching for a Pasco man wanted for failing to appear in court.
Ernesto P. Gomez, 22, is listed as 5-foot-10, 163 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last known to be living on North 12th Avenue in Pasco. He also goes by Ernie Gomez.
Gomez is wanted on a felony warrant for failing to appear in court on an original charge of two counts of second-degree assault.
Tri-Cities Crime Stoppers pays a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that results in a felony arrest.
Anyone with information about Gomez's whereabouts can call 586-8477 or visit www.tricitiescrimestoppers.org. Tips can also be sent by text message by writing "Text TIP 411" plus the message to CRIMES (274637).
All calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential.
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