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Authorities ID body of Bend canoeist who overturned on McKenzie River

Crews searched the McKenzie River near Hayden Bridge Tuesday morning after a report of a person in the water Monday evening. The search started Monday with a report of a person in the water with a canoe around 6:35 p.m., said Tim Chase, the Lane County Sheriff's Office Search and Rescue coordinator. The person was not in the canoe according to the reports, Chase said. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The body of a man pulled from the McKenzie River has been identified as a 73-year-old man from Bend.

The Lane County Sheriff's Office says Donald Girardi went missing on Memorial Day after his canoe overturned.

Divers recovered the body Sunday near Junction City after it was noticed by a boater.

Sheriff's officials said Girardi had parked his vehicle at a boat launch along the McKenzie and took his canoe onto the river. A witness saw him go underwater near Hayden Bridge.

His body was recovered a mile upriver from the Marshall Island boat landing.


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