NEAR GRESHAM, Ore. - The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said a man's body pulled from the Sandy River Friday afternoon was identified as a 29-year-old Gresham man who had been missing since February.
Sheriff's office spokesman Lt. Steve Alexander confirmed to KATU News late Friday night that the body was that of Kyle Peterson.
Peterson's Feb. 24 disappearance has been shrouded in mystery. He crashed his jeep into a guardrail that night on Southeast Stark Street near 35th Street, not far from the Sandy River. As a responding Troutdale police officer spoke to Peterson, Peterson turned and walked away into a heavily wooded area southeast of the crash.
The sheriff's office said the police officer yelled after Peterson, telling him to stop, but Peterson didn't respond and disappeared into the woods.
A search at the time turned up nothing.
Multnomah County river patrol sheriff's deputies pulled his body from the Sandy River today after a day hiker reported seeing a body floating in the water by a log near the mouth of the river, Alexander said.
When deputies arrived, they found the body about a half mile up from the mouth of the river near the west bank, Alexander said.
Gresham firefighters assisted the sheriff's deputies.
An investigation into the Peterson's death is underway.
A Friday night post on the Facebook page, "Find Kyle Peterson" read:
It is with a heavy heart that we inform everyone that Kyle's body was recovered from the Sandy River this afternoon at 4:45pm. Our family is in utter shock and heart broken that we have lost a son, a brother, an uncle, and friend. Kyle was a wonderful person whose life was cut tragically short. We love you Kyle.