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By RAELYNN RICARTE
THE DALLES CHRONICLE 

Missing man's body found

 


The body of a missing fishermen with ties to Wasco County was recovered Monday off the shoreline of Roosevelt, near the location the boat he was in capsized more than two weeks ago. “We put a lot of effort into looking for missing people — it’s the right thing to do and there are families out there who are concerned and need closure,” said Klickitat County Criminal Deputy Mike Kallio. He said the remains of Tony William Lafollette, 61, were located mid-day on Nov . 14 by a searcher , who reported the find to Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Enforcement. That agency relayed the message to the Klickitat County Sheriff’s Office, which had taken the lead on search efforts. “He was found just downstream of where he went into the water ,” said Kallio. Becky Lafollette, Tony’s estranged wife, said a tribal woman known as “Suzy” walked the shoreline every day to look for the missing man who went into the water Oct. 24. She said Suzy , who spotted the body, has become a family friend, as have others who provided support or volunteered to help with the search.“People have been wonderful,” she said. Kallio said Lafollette’s remains were transported to the medical examiner’s office in Clark County for an autopsy. He said there did not seem to be evidence of foul play. Becky said Tony’s badly decomposed remains are being turned over to Crown Memorial in Milwaukie today for cremation. She said a celebration of his life will take place at donated space in the Moose Lodge sometime in early December, but the date has not yet been chosen. People wanting to help pay for funeral expenses can donate to a GoFundMe account in his and Becky’s name. The family of Lafollette held a candlelight vigil in The Dalles Nov. 5, the day he would have celebrated his 62nd birthday. He most recently lived in Rufus, working as a mechanic near Roosevelt. Becky decided to hold the recent vigil for Lafollette in The Dalles because much of his life had been spent in the town, as well as Dufur. He reportedly went fishing on the Columbia River in a small boat with a younger man late on the evening of Oct. 24. She said Lafollette was wearing insulated black overalls to keep warm while out on the river. After a wave hit the boat, it overturned, knocking its occupants into the water. Becky said Tony and his fishing partner tried to swim toward shore. The younger man, whose identity has not been released, tried twice to help Tony when he began to struggle due to health problems and heavy clothing, before having to swim to shore to save himself. The survivor then reportedly ran five miles in his bare feet to reach the orchard community of Sundale, about five miles from Roosevelt, and call 9-1-1 for help.

 

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