Body of 74-year-old Methow man recovered from the Columbia River


PATEROS- On Saturday, July 8, 2017, at around 11:15 a.m. Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the Columbia River south of Pateros, where someone had spotted a body floating in the river.

Deputy Josh Brown and Deputy Ted Shook arrived on scene and could see the victim floating down the river towards Wells Dam. Both deputies removed their gear and were able to borrow a jet ski and respond out to the body and recover it. The body was that of 74-year-old Alvin E. Hymer of Methow, who drowned tragically in the Methow River on July 1, 2017.

At around 12:35 p.m. Deputy Brown and Deputy Shook were able to get Hymer to shore and waited for Coroner Dave Rodriguez to arrive on scene. Coroner Rodriguez made contact with Hymer’s family after the body was recovered.

“I just want to thank the Deputy Brown and Deputy Shook for thinking fast and being able to go out and recover Mr. Hymer,” Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said in a press release. ”I also want to thank the Okanogan and Chelan County Search and Rescues and all the volunteers that have spent hours and hours over the last week searching the Methow and Columbia rivers for him. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family members of Mr. Hymer.”

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