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Cowlitz Sheriff reports unidentified body found on banks of Columbia river near Woodland - 07/20/14
July 20th - 12:30 p.m. The Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office reports that fishermen found a body on the banks of the Columbia River near Woodland Washington. The body appears to have been in the water for several weeks or longer. The identity of the victim is not known at this time.

The Coroner has the body and he will be releasing the cause and manner of death after further examination. We are not speculating on the gender, or the persons age due to the decomposition of the victim.

More information will be made available when it is known.
Cowlitz Sheriff Releases photos of burglary suspect and suspect vehicle (Photo) - 07/16/14
Cowlitz County Sheriff releases photos of the suspect and suspect car that is involved in the Burglary to residence just west of Longview on 07-07-14. (we are not releasing the victims name or address out of respect to the victim's privacy) . The Suspect pried front door and stole four .22 rifles, two shotguns, flashlights, laptop, TV, checkbook and debit card. Card was used at Kelso McDonalds, Bridgeview Tabaco in Rainier and 15th Ave Safeway.

Vehicle description is dark blue late 90's Nissan 200sx coupe with black rims, spoiler and missing the "Nissan" symbol on the grill. Suspect is described as white male adult between 20-40 with short dark hair and goatee.

Anyone who has any information on this case is encouraged to call the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office at (360) 577-3092, or Cowlitz Crime Stoppers at (360) 577-1206.

WARNING: Subject May Be Armed
UPDATE: Victim recovered by Divers: Cowlitz Sheriff reports 19 year old vancouver man missing and presumed drowned at Yale resevoir - 07/07/14
UPDATE: #1 Monday July 7th Cowlitz Divers located the body of Austin Wolford this morning in Yale Reservoir not too far from where he was last seen swimming in distress. His family was in the area and has been notified.

The victim will be turned over to the Cowlitz County Coroner who will provide the cause and manner of death at a later time.

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Cowlitz County Sheriff reports that shortly after noon today a 19 year old Vancouver man who was swimming at Yale Reservoir is now reported as missing and presumed drowned. The man, who was reported by friends as "not a strong swimmer", was out on the lake in an inner tube when he began having difficulties when he slipped off of the inner tube and could not get back on it. He tried to swim to shore but could not make it. The young man's girlfriend's father (who was nearby) tried to rescue him but by the time he got to the victim, he had gone under the water and could not be found.

The missing man is Austin H. Wolford, 19yrs, of Vancouver. His family has been notified.

Clark County Divers and Clark County Fire responded and searched the area for several hours, but were not successful in finding the Austin.

A Cowlitz Sheriff SAR Coordinator will return to the area tomorrow with divers to continue the search.

The friends who were with the victim are very upset and out of respect for their privacy, we are not identifying them at this time.