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Dead body recovered from Spokane River

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Police and fire crews recovered the body of a white male found in the Spokane River near the Washington Water Power building on Post St. Sunday morning.

The body was lodged against a metal grate in front of one of the Avista pumping stations, just before the Falls. An Avista worker helped retrieve the body by using a boom crane which is often used to remove debris stuck in the grate.

The man was shirtless and appeared to be in his 50's or 60's. Police say injuries were consistent with those of being dragged at the bottom of the river, and believe the body had been in the water for some time.

Someone at the Flour Mill called the authorities to report seeing the body upriver.

Major crimes detectives are investigating the discovery. A medical examiner is expected to release autopsy results on Monday.