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Deputies looking for missing canoeist on Willamette River

The sheriff’s office said Kenneth Swanson, 62, was last seen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Pengra boat launch near Lowell.

Posted: Jul 24, 2019 3:49 PM
Updated: Jul 24, 2019 3:50 PM

LOWELL, Ore. -- Lane County deputies are looking for a man who went missing while canoeing down the Willamette River.

The sheriff’s office said Kenneth Swanson, 62, was last seen at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Pengra boat launch near Lowell. He planned to canoe down the Willamette River and contact friends to let them know his location.

Friends reported him missing at about 9 p.m. Tuesday when they didn’t hear from him.

Lane County Search and Rescue and Marine Patrol and the Eugene Fire Department searched the river Wednesday morning from the Pengra boat launch to Brown’s Landing but didn’t find Swanson.

Swanson reportedly had one day’s worth of supplies and above average outdoor experience.

He is 6 feet tall, weighs 240 pounds, has brown hair and a full beard and was last seen wearing a black jacket and T-shirt. He had two orange personal flotation devices.

Swanson’s canoe is described as a four-person aluminum canoe.

If you have information or see his canoe, contact the sheriff’s office.

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