Oregon high school football player found dead in Sandy River search

Oregon high school football player found dead in Sandy River search

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Oregon high school football player found dead in Sandy River search

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Rescuers at the Sandy River. (Photo: KGW)

Rescuers searching for lost teen at the Sandy River. (Photo: KGW)

SANDY, Ore. — Rescuers found the body a teenage boy who dove into the Sandy River and did not resurface Thursday afternoon.

Joshua Michael Hartley, 17, of Winston, was identified as the victim, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

Hartley was with the Douglas High School football team, who went to the river after working in the area for a fundraiser, Sgt. Nathan Thompson said.

The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said the boy went into the water shortly before 5 p.m., resurfaced briefly, then went back under near the Revenue Bridge. Rescuers said muddy water made searching the river difficult.

Rescue divers searched the river for about two hours before they found Hartley’s body under 20 feet of water.

Hartley, who would have been a senior in the fall, was the first team member to jump in the river, Thompson added.

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