Kayaker's body discovered in Columbia River

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- Police are seeking information about the body of a female kayaker recovered Friday morning from the Columbia River.

The body was spotted beneath the Interstate 205 bridge at about 9:30 a.m. by Washington Fish and Wildlife workers who were performing a routine patrol, Vancouver police said.

The woman was dressed in outdoor clothing and wearing a flotation device. She was not wearing identification, police said.

There were no obvious signs of foul play, said Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp.

Responding sheriff's deputies from Clark and Multnomah counties began searching the area near the body and found an unoccupied kayak on the eastern tip of Government Island.

Police said it appeared the kayak may have contained two passengers.

The Vancouver Police Department's major crimes team was called in to investigate, as is standard procedure in missing persons cases and certain cases involving fatalities.

Police are seeking to identify the kayaker and want information from the public about whether she is, in fact, connected to the kayak and has been reported missing.

The woman is described as in her early 50s and Asian.

Police said they have identified two people who they believe were associated with the woman, and who have not been found. They said a vehicle owned by one of the people was found at a location in Oregon where people frequently launch kayaks, and a yellow kayak owned by one of the individuals was missing from their home. Police did not release any further details.

Anyone with information is asked to call Vancouver police Detective Sgt. Scott Creager at 360-487-7424.