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Missing airman’s canoe found

Tue., April 17, 2012, 3:29 p.m.

The canoe of a 26-year-old Fairchild airman who went missing March 31 has been found.

James Adam Ramse-Lassiter went into the Spokane River in an 11-foot canoe and hasn’t been seen since.

Spokane County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Craig Chamberlin said members of the Emergency Operations Team found the canoe at the Seven Mile Bridge around 12:30 p.m. today. The canoe was about 4 feet underwater, pinned against a support pillar by the river current.

Attached to the canoe was a backpack with Ramse-Lassiter’s name sewn to it.

The Emergency Operations Team hadn’t been able to search that portion of the river recently due to high water, Chamberlin said.

Ramse-Lassiter’s truck was found in the Bowl and Pitcher area. Spring runoff was rendering that stretch of the river particularly treacherous. He’s not believed to have been wearing a life vest or a helmet.


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