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Man in Spokane River accidentally drowned

Tue., June 12, 2012, 12:34 p.m.

A body recovered from the Spokane River Monday is that of a 23-year-old man who accidentally drowned, authorities said today.

Police believe Brent DeSouza entered the river about about 2:30 a.m. Sunday near the big red wagon in Riverfront Park.

Police still are investigating the circumstances of his death. Rescuers searched for hours Sunday before returning Monday and locating DeSouza’s body downstream, near the Loof Carousel.

DeSouza identifies himself on his Facebook page as a member of the United States Air Force, stationed at Fairchild since 2009. He attended high school in Modesto, Calif.

DeSouza’s was the second body found in the river in less than 24 hours.

A body found Sunday afternoon near the 2000 block of South Riverton Avenue was that of a 38-year-old man. Police say he was distraught Saturday evening.

The Spokane County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that man’s drowning a suicide.

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