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One Year Later Coroner Identifies Body Found in Columbia River

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VANTAGE, Wash. - Nearly one year after a boater came across a body on the Columbia River, we now know the person's identity and cause of death.

The Grant County Coroner has identified the body as Toshio Ota, a 75-year-old man from Seattle.

The coroner says he died from blunt force trauma to her head, and has ruled the death a homicide. 

Back on August 25, 2012, Kittitas County Sheriff's Marine Units and Grant County Deputies recovered the man's body in the Columbia River near the Vantage I-90 bridge.

The coroner said the body had been in the water for a long time, and was so badly composed, that they couldn't determine a gender.

Crimestoppers says Ota went missing in March of 2011 with no explanation for his disappearance.

Deputies haven't made any arrests yet in connection with the man's death.

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