Body found in river at Columbia Park

KENNEWICK, Wash. — Deputies with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a person whose body was found Friday in the Columbia River.

The discovery of the body — said to be that of a man in his twenties or thirties — was made Friday morning in the water off of Columbia Park.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office says a woman reported seeing a body floating in the river early this morning. Law enforcement arrived around 8:15 a.m.

Numerous agencies were working near the docks at the Neil F. Lampson pits used during hydroplane races.

The area that investigators taped off is at Columbia Park East along the Sacajawea Heritage Trail, just west of the boat launch area, not far from the base of the Blue Bridge on the Kennewick side.

The Kennewick Police Department, Kennewick Fire Department, and Columbia Basin Dive Rescue are among the agencies and organizations assisting.

The case is being handled by the sheriff’s office because the body was found in the river and not in the park, authorities say.

The body was taken to the Benton County Coroner’s Office, where they hope to determine the cause and manner of death.