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Search Continues for Julianne Keel

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  Columbia Basin Dive Rescue will be back on the water early Saturday morning searching for Julianne Keel.

Last weekend fishermen found the body of Brad Novak on the Columbia River near Wallula.  It is not known if Keel was in the river. 

But Dive Rescue crews will use where they found Novak's body as a base mark for their search.  They say the search will be in the early morning and late evening, and they'll exhaust their efforts to help find Julianne.

"We're going to concentrate on the area between Boise Cascade and Port Kelley, down south of Boise Cascade," says Scott Pattison of Columbia Basin Dive Rescue.  "The way the river current comes down and the wind comes up through the gorge there, it pretty much lines up where we found the first victim."

We're also learning more about Novak's death.  The official cause is cold drowning, and officials say it's likely the cold water prevented his body from functioning properly.  Also Novak was not wearing a lifevest when he was found, and Dive Rescue says that's important because it could've saved his life, even with the frigid temperature of the Columbia River.  

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