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Sheriff: Authorities believe body is missing teen

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WENATCHEE, Wash. - Authorities say they believe a body found along the Columbia River is that of a 17-year-old Washington girl missing since Tuesday.

Douglas County Sheriffs say authorities are working under the assumption that the body discovered in Crescent Bar Saturday is that of Mackenzie Cowell. Sheriffs say he's basing his assumption on the victim's appearance, as well as statements made by a detective who has been working the case and has seen the body.

Authorities wouldn't comment on the cause of death, but they say the case a homicide. An autopsy is planned for Tuesday. They still have no suspects in the case, but are hoping tips will break the case.

Cowell was last seen leaving a beauty school class in Wenatchee last Tuesday. Her locked car was found that night near Mission Ridge, about 40 miles from her home in Orondo.