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Cause of death appears to be accidental drowning

The body of a Gresham man was recovered from Johnson Creek early Saturday morning according to the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Department spokesman Lt. Steve Alexander said the body has been identified as Daniel Leroy Leek, 44. Alexander said Leek was from Gresham but had been living as a transient for several years and was camped in the area.

Two of Leek's friends, who were camped in the same area near the creek, started looking for him the night before because they hadn't seen him in a couple of days, Alexander said. They first spotted Leek's bicycle on Springwater Trail Road near the creek bank and then called 9-1-1 around 3 a.m. after they spotted something in the water. A swiftwater rescue team retrieved the body around 5 a.m.

“The water was from 3 to 8 feet deep, just deep enough to bring in the special team,” Alexander said.

There were no signs of foul play, he said, and the cause of death appears to be accidental drowning. An autopsy will not be performed, he said, but toxicology tests have been ordered and a follow-up investigation continues.

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