INDEPENDENCE, Ore. - A drop in the level of the Willamette River helped authorities on Tuesday find the bodies of a 20-year-old man and his 8-year-old brother, both of whom went missing while on a fishing trip over the weekend.
Divers found the bodies of the older brother, Alvin Troub, and the boy, Michael Runyon, about 7 feet from each other within 40 feet of shore not far from the main boat ramp at Riverview Park in Independence about 1 p.m. The bodies were submerged in about 10 to 15 feet of water, police said.
Authorities said the discovery came after divers started their search Tuesday from the boat ramp. They were aided by the fact that the river level had dropped about 3 or 4 feet overnight.
The pair were dropped off at the park to fish about 2 p.m. Sunday but did not show up as planned when their family arrived two hours later to pick them up. The boys' fishing gear was found packed up on a cement slab near the parking lot.
Authorities do not believe the boys were the victims of foul play. They said there were no signs of a struggle at the park, and the boys did not have any known enemies.
Investigators could only speculate as to what may have happened. Perhaps, they said, the 8-year-old fell in the water while his older brother was putting away their fishing gear, and the 20-year-old then went into the river after his brother.
The family was too distraught to talk after their loved ones were found.