OGDEN — An 80-year-old man drowned in the Ogden River Monday morning.

Police received a report of a possible drowning along the Ogden River in Ogden Canyon around 11 a.m. Monday, Weber County Sheriff’s Lt. Matt Jensen said. The man’s vehicle and several items were found near the Ogden River near mile marker 11, around a mile and half into the canyon. Rescuers began searching along the river for the man.

About an hour into the search, the drowning victim’s body was located nearly a mile down river from his vehicle, Jensen said. It took rescuers about two hours to recover the man’s body from the river.

The man is from the Ogden Valley area, but his identity is not being released pending notification of next of kin.

Jensen said investigations don’t know how or why the man got into the river, as there were no witnesses to the incident.

This is the first drowning in the Ogden area in 2019 as spring runoff season gets underway. Jensen advised people to stay away from the edges of full rivers in the area due to drowning dangers.

“If you slip in or fall in, you’re very likely not going to make it out alive,” Jensen said.

State Road 39 was closed for several hours during the search. It was expected to be open by 4 p.m. Monday.

Firefighters from the Weber Fire District, Ogden and Riverdale also responded to the scene. The U.S. Forest Service also assisted in the search.

Reach city editor Jessica Kokesh at 801-625-4229 or jkokesh@standard.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKokesh.

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