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Dead man’s body found floating in the Yakima River in Richland

Officers find a body near Yakima River

Officers investigate an area of the Yakima River in Richland where a male's body was reportedly found on Saturday afternoon.
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Officers investigate an area of the Yakima River in Richland where a male's body was reportedly found on Saturday afternoon.

Update: Body found in Yakima River in Richland identified. The investigation continues

A man’s body has been found in the Yakima River, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday.

Kayakers called 911 shortly after noon Saturday to report they had seen what they believed to be a dead body floating in the river.

Law enforcement responded to an area near Interstate 182 and Highway 240, also known as the bypass highway, just north of Aaron Drive, to search for the body.

Benton County Sheriff Jerry Hatcher confirmed that crews had recovered a body, but no other details were available Saturday evening.

Investigators are still trying to identify the man so they can notify his family.

Police reportedly responded to that area of the river Friday to investigate reports that a man was acting erratically, but it is not known whether the two incidents are related.

A witness told the Herald on Saturday that he had seen a shirtless man with a backpack in the area for a couple days who allegedly confronted people along the walking path.

The area where the body was found was blocked off as authorities investigated.

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