Authorities Identify Body Pulled from Water in Grants Pass

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office have finally been able to identify the body of a man in his 50s that was recovered from the Rogue River at Baker Park on September 11.

Posted: Oct. 16, 2018 1:33 PM
Updated: Oct. 16, 2018 1:39 PM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — After roughly a month, authorities have at last identified the body of a man in his 50s pulled from the Rogue River on September 11.

The Josephine County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) says that the body is that of 55-year-old Peter Kompaniet.

Kompaniet's body was found submerged in the water near the Parkway Bridge in Grants Pass just before noon on September 11. After recovering the body from the water, authorities found that it was a white man between the ages of 50 and 55. They were unable to provide an exact identity at the time.


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Just over a month later, on October 12, the family of 55-year-old Peter Kompaniet reported him missing in the Grants Pass area. They reportedly said that Kompaniet used to contact his mother regularly, but had not done so for the past month.

The Sheriff's Office followed up with Kompaniet's family to get medical records, dental records and photos, which were then forwarded to the Deputy State Medical Examiner Dr. James Olson.

Using the information obtained from the family, Dr. Olson confirmed that the dead man was indeed Kompaniet. Olson also concluded that Kompaniet died of "fresh water drowning," and the investigation found no signs of foul play.

JCSO says that Kompaniet's death has been ruled as an accidental drowning.

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