Body found in Willamette River identified as canoeist last seen May 28 on McKenzie River
JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - The body recovered Sunday from the Willamette River has been identified as a Bend man missing since his canoe overturned on the McKenzie River on May 28.
The Lane County Sheriff's Office said the man found dead at 3 p.m. a mile upriver from the Marshall Island boat landing has been identified as 73-year-old Donald Girardi of Bend.
Girardi was last seen in the McKenzie River yelling for help near the Hayden Bridge boat ramp around 6:45 p.m. on May 28, the sheriff's office said.
Search crews located the man's overturned canoe but were unable to locate the man.
Investigators found Girardi's ID in the canoe. His vehicle was found parked at the boat launch, the sheriff's office said. Girardi's family later confirmed that the Bend man had taken the canoe out on the water.
The sheriff's marine patrol and Eugene Springfield Fire crews searched the river and shores for days using boats and divers, to no avail.
A boater found Girardi's body Sunday on the Willamette River, southeast of Junction City.
The sheriff's office helped recover the body.
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