Police investigating body found near river

Published On: Jun 08 2013 11:28:44 AM PDT   Updated On: Jun 08 2013 05:50:32 PM PDT
Police investigating body found near river
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A stroll along the Spokane River took a gruesome turn Saturday morning when someone spotted a body in the water.

Just before 11 a.m., Lt. Keith Cummings with the Spokane Police Department said someone flagged down a driver on 2200 W. Riverside and asked for them to call 911.

When officers arrived they found a body in the water, entangled in shrubs.

"It's not a pretty sight you know and as I said it would appear the body has been in the water a while," Lt. Keith Cummings said.

"And so it's not a fun call to go on," he said.

The Spokane Fire Department water rescue team responded and pulled the body out of the swift water.

The Medical Examiner now trying to figure out who this person is and how they died. 

At this point investigators don't know if the body is that of a man or women.

Lt. Cummings said they will be looking a missing person reports to help guide them in solving this mystery.

An autopsy will most likely be scheduled on Monday.

According to the Spokane County Medical Examiner, since 1961 there have been ten bodies pulled from the river or along the river bank that have yet to identified.