SHERIFF'S OFFICE ON SCENE OF SUSPECTED DROWNING (UPDATE 3)
Date: 6/7/2016 12:00:00 AM
Posted: Sheriff's Office
News Release from Marion Co. Sheriff's Office
Posted on FlashAlert: June 7th, 2016 4:22 PM
Today at about 12:30 p.m., the Sheriff's Office recovered the body of Warren Franklin Jr . from the Santiam River. Mr. Franklin was found by a boater approximately ?1/2 mile from where he was last seen swimming. The Sheriff's Office sends its condolences to the Franklin family for their loss.
Deputies have identified the missing man from last weekend's incident on the Santiam River as Warren Franklin, age 35 of Salem. Tragically Mr. Franklin has not been recovered from the water but is presumed drown. The Sheriff's Office would like to send its condolences to the Franklin family also to remind the public to please use caution when recreating in open water and always wear or have a life vest accessible at all times.
After an exhaustive effort crews have suspended their search for the missing man, who is presumed drown in the Santiam River near Jefferson. Divers told deputies that the water where the man disappeared is approximately 13 feet deep with heavy currents.
The Sheriff's Office would like to extend its condolences to the family of the lost man, it is the time however to remind swimmers to please exercise extreme caution in open water and always wear or have a life vest close while swimming. The Sheriff's Office will not be releasing the man's name until all family can be notified of this tragic accident.
Deputies with the Marion County Sheriff's Office are currently on scene of a suspected drowning in the Santiam River near the Santiam Rest Area south of Salem. A man and woman had been swimming just west of Interstate 5 when the male began struggling in a whirlpool.
The man went underwater and has not surfaced, tragically he is presumed drown. The Sheriff's Office is currently being assisted by the Linn County Sheriff's Office dive team, Albany Fire Department, Jefferson Fire Department and a REACH helicopter.
Rescuers are attempting to recover the man but have been unsuccessful so far. This release will be updated as more information becomes available.
Primary PIO Phone: 503. 584. MCSO (6276)
Public Information Officer Lt. Chris Baldridge
Cell Phone: 503.930.0579
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