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Detectives investigate death on Sauvie Island

A man was found dead on Sauvie Island Tuesday afternoon, Oregon State Police reported.

OSP detetctives are investigating the death of a white adult man, whose name has not yet been released. Investigators believe the body may be that of a missing man from the Portland area.

According to OSP Lt. Josh Brooks, detectives were notified of the body at Willow Bar beach on Sauvie Island in Columbia County, just before 1:30 p.m.

The body was found on land near the beach area, Brooks said Wednesday.

Brooks stated in a news release that detectives don't believe there is a threat to public safety.

Columbia County Sheriff's Office is conducting the death investigation, while OSP remains the lead investigating agency, Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson said.

"We're serving at the behest of the State Medical Examiner's Office," Dickerson explained. He said he suspects an autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death.

"We don't know exactly what the cause is yet. It's suspected to be a suicide but we don't know,” Dickerson said. He said OSP was the first agency to arrive on scene and collected evidence at the scene. Portland Police Bureau is also involved with the investigation to determine if the person found Tuesday was indeed reported missing from the Portland area prior to that.

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