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Young Man Found Dead in the Columbia River

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- West Richland Police are still investigating why a teen drove his car into the Columbia River. Police received a call at around two in the morning from a mother saying her son was missing and possibly in the river.

It happened near the WSU Tri-Cities campus in Richland. Police say 17-year-old Devin Larsen, of West Richland, called his mother asking for help.

Richland police and the Dive and Rescue team responded to the scene. Inside the Acura Integra was Larsen's body.

"No it didn't sound like it was an accident, sounds like he went up and around some barrels and sidewalks to get down to the water's edge," said Sergeant Kevin Berger, with the Richland Police Department.

Richland Police say there's no information indicating alcohol was involved in this accident. Larsen drowned inside the vehicle, and police were not able to identify any other sign of trauma.

Police say it took about 40 minutes for the dive team to find the car which was about 20 feet deep in the river.