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Deputies recover Sandy man's body from Columbia River

The body was found Wednesday -


FILE PHOTO - A Multnomah County Sheriff's River Patrol deputy in 2007.The body of Sandy resident Brian Schmitz was found Wednesday, Sept. 14, floating in the Columbia River.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office river patrol deputies responded at about 4:30 p.m. to the report of a body that was seen floating in the river near the east tip of McGuire Island, a short distance from Chinook Landing Marine Park in Fairview. A boater near the island spotted the body.

River Patrol deputies responded along with Portland Fire Bureau and recovered the body, identified as Schmitz, 52, of Sandy.

The body was turned over to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's Office, which ruled the cause of death was an accidental drowning.

Schmitz was reported missing after his boat was found adrift Sunday morning, Sept. 11, on the Columbia River with no one aboard. The U.S. Coast Guard, Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, Port of Portland Fire, Portland Fire Bureau, and Vancouver Fire aided in search efforts and assisted in recovery of the boat that morning.