KELSO, Wash. (AP) - The Cowlitz County Sheriff's office says the body of a man who rescued a young girl from drowning in the Cowlitz River, then disappeared in the water, has been found.
The body of the 20-year-old man - identified by Cowlitz County authorities as Alan Heck - was found 50 yards down river from where he was last seen.
Authorities say Heck went into the water after seeing the child in distress Friday afternoon. He was last seen after he handed the girl to a group of people once he neared the shore; he never made it to shore. The girl's age is unknown.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Kelly Parker says the child was unhurt.
The Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to search the area. Also joining in the search are crews from the Cowlitz County dive team, fire and rescue team and Kelso police.