Second body found in Snake River in week

The Walla Walla County Coroner's Office is currently working on identifying the latest body.

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BURBANK -- For the second time in a week the body of a woman has been recovered from the Snake River, the latest case in Walla Walla County.

Friday around 2:30 p.m. the Columbia Basin Dive Rescue Team was called in to recover the body of a woman, possibly in her 50s to 60s, that was located on the Walla Walla County side of the river close to shore approximately 1.5 miles up river, according to Columbia Basin Dive Rescue operations director Scott Ruppelius.

Last Sunday, the Whitman County Marine Patrol recovered a body of a woman that was located partially on the shore about 3/4 miles north of Central Ferry Park in Garfield County, according to a Whitman County Sheriff's Office report.

According to a KXLY news report, Asotin County Sheriff Ken Bancroft said the body might be that of Lavina Hietala, 72, of Kamiah, Idaho, but so far no positive identification has been made.

Garfield County Sheriff Ben Keller told the East Washingtonian the Idaho State Police have taken over the Central Ferry Park recovery because it is investigating two missing persons cases.

The Walla Walla County Coroner's Office is currently working on identifying the body found Friday near Hood River Park, which is located at the northwest region of the county.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net. Alfred Diaz can be reached at alfreddiaz@wwub.co or 526-8325.

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