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California man went under Wednesday near Wheatland Ferry after reportedly trying to swim across Willamette

COURTESY PHOTO: YAMHILL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - Search and rescue teams prepare to look for a swimmer who went missing Wednesday afternoon in the Willamette River near the Wheatland Ferry.Law Enforcement have found the body of a a 68-year-old swimmer who disappeared Wednesday in the Willamette River near the Wheatland Ferry.

The Yamhill County Sheriff's Office received a call at 1:30 p.m. Sunday that a body had been located in the Willamette River four miles down river from the Wheatland Ferry.

Leocadio Sendejas-Sanchez, 68, a resident of California, has been visiting relatives in Oregon. Those relatives were present on the shore at the time of the incident.

A 911 call was issued to the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office around 4:15 p.m. July 18 about a swimmer who had gone underwater about 200 yards north of the Wheatland Ferry on the Yamhill County side.

The initial investigation determined that Sendejas-Sanchez was attempting to swim across the Willamette from the Yamhill County side to the Marion County side when he was observed going under water. Sendejas-Sanchez was described as a good swimmer; however he was not wearing a life jacket at the time of his disappearance.

The search included divers from Clackamas County Dive/Rescue assisting YCSO Marine Patrol. Marine deputies from the Yamhill County Sheriff's Office and the Polk County Sheriff's Office recovered the body. Family members identified the body as Sendejas-Sanchez.

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