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Missing Rafter's Family Says Finding the Body Gave Them Closure

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WAPATO, Wash.- Missing Rafter Jesse Moran's Body was found this weekend and identified Monday. Family says they now have the closure they have been looking for.

Nineteen-year-old Jesse Moran and three friends went rafting back in May. Their raft overturned near the Wapato dam.

Two men survived. Alberto Ramirez was found dead shortly after. 

Since Jesse Moran went missing, family and friends have spent every weekend searching the Yakima River. Now that they found him, his family says they finally have the closure they've been looking for.

"I never thought I would lose him, especially like this, but I give thanks to God that he brought him back to me now," said Adela Castro, mother of Jesse Moran.

"Now that his body's found, it's a relief. That's what we wanted, that's what we all wanted, just a burial," said Daniel Cazares, a close friend of Jesse Moran.

Family and friends say they never lost hope that they would find Moran. Now, to celebrate and remember his life, Jesse Moran's family will be holding services for him this weekend.

There will be a mass for Jesse Moran this Sunday at 5 p.m. at St. Peters Catholic Church in Wapato. The service is open to the public.
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