Benton County Sheriff’s Office asks for public assistance identifying body found in Willamette River


Jess Hume-Pantuso, Photographer

A view of the east side of the Willamette River from the west bank near First Street and Jackson Avenue in Corvallis, Ore. on April 2. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a body found on the east side of the Willamette River across from First and Jackson.

Riley LeCocq, News Reporter

The Benton County Sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a deceased male body found in the Willamette River near downtown Corvallis Ore. on March 31. 

The body of a Caucasian male was found floating on the east side of the river near the First Street and Jackson Avenue area near downtown, according to a press release from the BCSO. Officers responded and retrieved the body at approximately 4:40 p.m. on the afternoon of March 31. 

A Benton County Deputy Medical Examiner believes the body had been deceased for at least four days prior to being found.

The deceased man was six feet in height with no visible scarring and a black cross tattoo on his left shoulder. He had a small patch of hair on his chin and was wearing a black compression sleeve on his left knee with tan cargo shorts and gray, size 11.5 hiking-style shoes labeled “Kwong Wah.” 

While the body has been recovered, the BCSO is still looking into the situation including identification of the individual. 

BCSO asks anyone who may have information on identifying the individual to contact BCSO Detective Matt Moser at [email protected] or call (541) 766-6774 as the investigation is ongoing. 

This is an ongoing story and updates will be posted as the story progresses.

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