Woman's body found in river likely Abigael Bellows, authorities say

The location is about 3/4 mile from where Abigael Bellows disappeared last Wednesday.

Posted: Jul 31, 2020 2:52 PM
Updated: Jul 31, 2020 7:44 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore -- The body of a woman found in the Willamette River is likely 22-year-old Abigael Bellows, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

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The body was found less than a mile from Clearwater Park, where Bellows disappeared while swimming on July 22.

Search and Rescue teams, including divers, have been searching for Abigael ever since. Her family even flew out from Pennsylvania to help with the search. 

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Deputies said a community member recreating on the river spotted the body and called police. Deputies and search and rescue personnel responded. 

Abigael's family was on scene for a couple hours after the news broke that a body was found in the Willamette River. 

They were standing over the boat launch right above where the body was before it was taken away. 

An investigation is underway.

"Our thoughts are with Abigael's family and friends as they grieve," the sheriff's office said in a statement.

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