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Missing 18-year-old hiker found dead near Mount St. Helens

FILE -- A view of the northern face of Mount St. Helens. (KATU File Photo)

COUGAR, Wash. – The Skamania County Sheriff’s Office says a group of scouts has discovered the body of a missing hiker in the Swift Reservoir, south of Mount St. Helens.

Deputies responded to the reported body at 12:27 p.m. Saturday. They say a group of scouts was camping near the Swift Campground when they made the discovery.

Investigators identified the deceased person as 18-year-old Garrett M. Canada of Kelso. Canada was reported missing on Oct. 15 while hiking near Lava Canyon.

Crews conducted an extensive, multi-day search, but the search was eventually suspended. At the time, evidence suggested Canada had fallen into the water.

The Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy on Canada.

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