Border Patrol swift-water rescue team recovers body from the Skagit River

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A body was recovered Wednesday from the Skagit River, but police say it is too early to tell if the death is suspicious.

Mount Vernon police were dispatched to the West Mount Vernon Bridge about 9:30 a.m. to the report of a possible body floating near the east bank just north of the bridge, Lt. Greg Booth said in a news release.

Officers determined it was a body and called the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office’s marine unit for assistance, Booth said. However, deputies were unable to retrieve the body because of logs and debris in the water.

A helicopter and swift-water rescue team from the U.S. Border Patrol were called to the scene and were able to recover the body, Booth said.

The Skagit County Coroner’s Office will attempt to determine identification, he said.

Investigators are reviewing missing persons cases, Booth said.

Anyone with information that could assist investigators is asked to call the 24-hour Skagit 911 dispatch center at 360-428-3211 or the Mount Vernon Police Department during business hours at 360-336-6271.