Body identified as missing Malott man

Marco Antonio Aguilar-Cendejas, 26, was reported missing Friday after last being seen the morning of Dec. 14 near Malott.

MALOTT – A body found March 16 in the Okanogan River has been identified as that of Marco Antonio Aguilar-Cendejas, who had been missing since December 2016.

Two kayakers found the badly decomposed body at Rattlesnake Point south of Malott.

An autopsy will be conducted that week and a further forensic examination was conducted Friday, April 7, said Okanogan County Coroner Dave Rodriguez.

No cause or manner of death has been determined because of the body’s condition. There was no evidence of foul play, he said.

The examination also gave no clue as to why Aguilar-Cendejas was in the river.

Aguilar-Cendjas’ family was notified of the body’s discovery in March and notified Friday of the identification.

Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers said Aguilar-Cendejas was last seen near Malott the morning of Dec. 14, 2016.

“We know he rode the bus up to Okanogan three days before he disappeared and that is the last we know,” Rogers said. Searchers checked several areas, including the river.

The sheriff’s office was contacted by Aguilar-Cendejas’ family, who said they had not seen him and were concerned for his mental health, Rogers said.

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