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Man's body found in Yakima River

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UPDATE - Officials have identified a body found in the Yakima River in southern Washington as a 25-year-old man who had been missing for several months. Skyler Pourier's body was found Sunday. He is believed to have died around the time he was reported missing in September.
The Yakima County Coroner says the cause of Pourier's death remains undetermined pending the results of toxicology tests. An autopsy didn't find any signs of trauma.
The Yakima man was believed to have been living in a homeless encampment prior to his death.
Pourier's body was discovered less than a week after state transportation workers found another body in Yakima County water. An autopsy determined the unidentified woman was shot and had been in the water for six weeks.



On February 19th, 2017 at about 12:15 p.m., the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office was notified of a deceased person that had been located near the bank of the Yakima River.  There was no evidence at the scene to suggest a cause or manner of death.

On February 21st, an autopsy was conducted.  The cause of death has not been determined.  The identity of the deceased has also not been established although detectives will examine area missing persons cases in an attempt to confirm the identity of the deceased.

The deceased is described as being a Caucasian male with lighter colored hair and being about 5 ft 6 inches in height with a medium build.  The deceased is believed to be 20 to 30 years of age.

Additional details will be released as they become available.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office at 574-2500 or 800-572-0490.  Tips including anonymous tips can also be called into Crime Stoppers of Yakima County at 248-9980 or 800-248-9980 or on the internet at



YAKIMA, WA- On February 19th, 2017 at approximately 12:15 p.m., Yakima County Sheriff’s Office Deputies responded to a report of a body in the Yakima River west of W. Birchfield Rd.

Deputies responded with the help of the Sheriff’s Office Swift Water Rescue team and the East Valley Fire Department, the body was recovered.
The body had been in the water for quite a while and was badly decomposed and believed to be a male. The identity has not been determined at this time.

The Yakima County Coroner took possession of the body and an autopsy is scheduled for early this week to determine the cause of death.

Anyone having information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Yakima County Sheriff’s office at 509-574-2500 or toll free 1-800-572-0490.