Authorities in eastern Oregon have recovered the body of a missing 81-year-old fisherman who died Tuesday night along the Snake River east of Farewell Bend State Recreation Area.

Oregon State Police were notified around 9:44 p.m. Tuesday that Alan Ede of Corvallis had failed to return to his campsite after going fishing earlier in the day. His wife contacted the state park host who then alerted police.

About 45 minutes later, an OSP trooper found his car parked on the Interstate 84 on-ramp at exit 356 (Highway 201N). Access to the Snake River is possible at that location by walking down a steep embankment.

Four OSP officers and Malheur County Search & Rescue personnel started searching the area along the riverbank for the man.

Shortly after midnight, a trooper spotted a partially submerged body along the rocky shore line about a mile west of where his car was parked. Search & Rescue personnel helped retrieve the body.

Preliminary investigation indicates Ede may have slipped or lost his balance on a large rock. One of his legs was wedged between rocks and he fell into the water where it is suspected he drowned.

OSP will work with the medical examiner to confirm the cause of death.

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