****PRESS RELEASE UPDATE 05/02/2019****
The Skagit County Coroner’s Office has identified the body recovered from the Skagit River on April 24, 2019, as 37-year old Adrian S. Westhof.
Westhof was reported missing, by his father, to the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office (Case #19-02429) on February 19, 2019. He had been living with his parents at their residence in Burlington for several months.
The cause and manner of death are still under investigation, but foul play is not suspected.
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Original Press Release
On April 24, 2019 at approximately 9:30am, Mount Vernon Police responded to a call of a possible body floating near the east river bank just north of the State Route 536 Bridge.
Officers arrived and after making confirmation requested assistance from the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit. Once on-scene, deputies attempted to reach the body but were unable to access the location with their boat, due to logs and debris in the water.
The US Border Patrol Search and Rescue team was contacted, and agents trained in swift water rescue, responded and recovered the body. The Skagit County Coroner’s Office took custody, and will assist in identification.
It’s too early in the investigation to say whether the death is suspicious and investigators are reviewing open missing person cases.
Anyone with information that would assist investigators is asked to call the 24-hour dispatch information number (360) 428-3211 or during business hours call Mount Vernon Police at (360) 336-6271.