Coroner: Body recovered from river near Pasco was 63-year-old resident who drowned

Confluence of the Columbia River and the Snake River (Google Maps)

PASCO, Wash. — The Franklin County Coroner has determined that a body pulled from the confluence of the Columbia and Snake Rivers on Saturday was a 63-year-old man from the area.

According to Franklin County Coroner Curtis McGary, the man has been identified as James O. Lick of Pasco. His cause of death was determined to be cold-water death, though the manner of his death remains uncertain.

PREVIOUS COVERAGE: No foul play suspected for man found dead in the river near Pasco, deputies say

The body was seen floating on the rivers southeast of Pasco on the afternoon of Saturday, April 30. Crews from the Pasco Fire Department were sent to recover it. Since then, an investigation has been launched by the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies then told the KAPP-KVEW News Staff that foul play is not expected to be a factor in this incident. At the time, they were trying to find the man’s next of kin to give the family proper notice.

This is a developing news story. An update and/or follow-up will be issued as further details are publically revealed.


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