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Spokane man, 37, drowns in Pend Oreille River

UPDATED: Mon., July 6, 2020

A 37-year-old Spokane man drowned in the Pend Oreille River near Ione on Friday evening.

The Pend Oreille County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as John A. Nelson in a news release Monday.

The sheriff’s office said first responders were called to the 600 block of Larch Lane at about 6:45 p.m. Friday. Witnesses had last seen Nelson attempting to remove a log entangled in a dock line, the sheriff’s office said.

After searching through the night, authorities asked neighbors to monitor their docks and shoreline for any sign of Nelson.

Shortly before noon Saturday, authorities found Nelson’s body about 50 feet downstream from the dock where he had gone missing, in about 6 feet of water.

An investigation into the drowning was ongoing Monday.

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