Fisherman is still missing a day after he was seen entering the Walla Walla River

Walla Walla River
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WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Following reports that a fisherman went missing from the Walla Walla River waterfront on Sunday evening, law enforcement from across the region has been hard at work searching for a man who may have drowned.

According to a press release issued by the Walla Walla County Sheriff’s Office (WWCSO), reports came through beginning at 5:43 p.m. on Sunday, May 22. The caller reported that a fisherman entered the water from the bank and disappeared.

Crews from across the region converged at the waterfront to assist with the search. Responding agencies included WWCSO deputies, WW County District No. 5 Fire personnel, Pasco Fire crews, and Columbia Basin Dive Rescue teams. Despite the widescale presence, initial attempts at locating the missing man were unsuccessful.

The dive crew returned early on Monday morning to resume their search, but the missing fisherman has yet to be recovered. Authorities have reason to believe the fisherman drowned due to current conditions in the water.

County officials say that the Walla Walla, Snake, and Columbia Rivers are each currently in the low-50-degree temperature range. Swimming is not recommended at this stage since it can easily trigger hypothermia and prevent someone from rescuing themselves. As a result, it’s likely that the fisherman did not survive.

His identity has not been revealed to the public as of this first wave of information. However, WWSCO officials did offer the following message to affected individuals:

“Our hearts go out to those close to the person reported missing as they still do not have answers. We have services available to anyone dealing with stressful or traumatic situations, all you need to do is call us and we can help.”

Anyone with information that may contribute to this incident is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 509-527-3265 and reference case number 2022-3867.

This is a breaking news story. An update and/or follow-up may be issued once further details are publically revealed.

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