Report: Body of Austin Man Pulled From Idaho River

Updated: 07/18/2014 12:23 PM
Created: 07/18/2014 12:19 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The body of an Austin man was recovered from the Payette River last Friday, according to the Idaho Statesman.

43-year-old Dean Christianson was found about three miles downstream from where he was last seen by friends back in May.  Investigators concluded that he had drowned.

Christianson had flown to Cascade, ID, to help his friend Jason Koehler move back to Minnesota.  ABC 6 spoke with Koehler at the time, who told us they had just finished a hike when Christianson went down to the side of the Payette River to fill his water bottle.

Koehler said he ran part of the way down the river before stopping a passing sheriff’s deputy.

Authorities quickly formed a search party, but in the fast and murky water, police said they found no sign of Christianson.  The search was called off due to dangerous and high waters.