Body found in icy Okanogan River

The body of a woman who jumped into the icy Okanogan River was found Wednesday downstream from the Fourth Street bridge.

Resident Lisa M. Schell, 44, was reported missing just before 7 a.m. Monday by her husband, police said. A coat was found on the bridge that morning, and a fresh hole was discovered in the ice below.

Police, fire and emergency medical services crews combed the riverbank. The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office was called, but declined to put a diver in the water because of the ice.

Police Chief Rob Burks said an officer discovered Schell’s body close to the west riverbank about 200-300 yards south of the bridge.

The Fire Department was called to assist and the Okanogan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office sent out a coroner.

There’s no indication of foul play, Burks said.

Schell apparently had a history of mental illness. She reportedly had waded into the river last week, but that incident was not reported until she disappeared, Burks said.

An autopsy has been scheduled, police said.


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