Lane County authorities investigate after body pulled from Willamette River
EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Police are investigating after a body was spotted and pulled from the Willamette River Saturday morning, Eugene Police Department said.
Around 9:49 a.m. Eugene Police responded to the report of what a passerby believed to be a body in the Willamette River about one and a quarter miles downstream of the Greenway Bike Bridge.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office conducted a water rescue of the body and discovered the subject to be deceased.
"The medical examiner has retained the body and jurisdiction of the investigation and there are no additional details available until the medical examiner’s office can complete their investigation," Eugene Police said.
Police say they have contacted the family of Theodore Kudrna because the Eugene teenager has been missing since June 4, but police so far have not confirmed the identity of the body found Saturday.
However, his family and friends are confirming police did find Kudrna's body.
Kudrna's mother, Isla Dane, and his brother, Zach Dane, posted a Facebook message Saturday afternoon.
The post said police told the family they believe they found her son's body.
Dane writes that police told them the body's clothing and wallet matched Kundra's description.
We also confirmed this information with a family friend, Sabrina Leathers.
She says the family is devastated, but wants to thank everyone who helped search for Teddy.
This story will be updated as more information is confirmed.