ONTARIO, Ore. - An 81-year-old Corvallis man died fishing along the Snake River on Tuesday evening.
Searchers found the body of Alan Winthrop Ede in the river shortly after midnight early Wednesday morning.
State police suspect Ede slipped or lost his balance on a large rock. One of his legs was wedged between rocks, and he fell into the water where it is suspected he drowned, police said.
The investigation started when Ede failed to return from his fishing trip to his campsite at Farewell Bend State Recreation Area.
His wife contacted the park host, who then called Oregon State Police around 9:44 p.m.
About 45 minutes later, a state trooper located Ede's car parked along Interstate 84 near access to the Snake River.
Four state troopers and Malheur County Search & Rescue personnel started searching the area along the riverbank for Ede.
They found him in the river about a mile from his car.