Body found in Okanogan River south of Malott


Marcos Aguilar-Cendajas
OKANOGAN – A body recovered from the waters of the Okanogan River on March 16 is undergoing forensic examination to determine if the remains are those of a young Malott man who was reported missing last Dec. 14.

OKANOGAN – A body recovered from the waters of the Okanogan River on March 16 is undergoing forensic examination to determine if the remains are those of a young Malott man who was reported missing last Dec. 14.
Two boaters discovered the body near an area called Rattlesnake Point, 2.5 miles south of the town of Malott on Old Highway 97.
Okanogan County coroner, Dave Rodriguez said personnel from the Okanogan County Sheriff’s office and coroner’s office “responded and removed the body” from the river.
“An identification exam and autopsy were completed on March 21, at the King County Medical Examiner’s office,” reported Rodriguez. “Positive identification and cause and manner of death were not achieved during the exam due to the advanced stage of decomposition.”
Rodriguez said the family of Marcos Aguilar-Cendajas, who has not been seen since his disappearance in mid-December, “has been notified and briefed on any developments regarding this situation.”
The coroner’s office is now conducting DNA analysis as the next step in determining a positive identification of the recovered remains.
One of the last people to see Aguilar-Cendajas, 26, on the day he was reported missing, was Malott store owner, Catrena Lyon, who said she answered the young man’s inquiries about bus service to Okanogan and watched him board the Trango Transit. Lyon said she learned later that Aguilar-Cendajas was seen crossing a river bridge leading out of Okanogan.

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