Tuesday, January 26, 2016

[UPDATED] Missing VA surgeon's body found in Spokane River

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 10:53 AM

click to enlarge [UPDATED] Missing VA surgeon's body found in Spokane River
Spokane Police Department
Interim Chief Rick Dobrow answers questions after a water recovery near the Monroe Street Bridge

[UPDATE]: The Spokane County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed today that the body found in the Spokane River near the Monroe Street Bridge Tuesday is that of John Marshall. 

Our original story is below

A body found on the north bank of the Spokane River Tuesday morning is that of the missing chief of surgery at the veterans hospital, KXLY is reporting

Spokane police Public Information Officer Teresa Fuller says clothing on the body matches the description police were given for Dr. John Marshall, but an official identification will have to come from the medical examiner.

Fuller says the police are treating the death as suspicious and that Marshall's wife has been notified. His injuries are not consistent with a jump.

Marshall, 49, was reported missing Monday when he didn't show up for his shift at the hospital. His wife, Dr. Suzan Marshall, told the Spokesman-Review that her husband typically works out at the YMCA before work. Security footage shows him leaving the Y after 5:30 am, supposedly for a jog. He did not return.

Police started searching Monday evening around 4:30 after Suzan Marshall, her sister, VA police and Marshall's colleagues had been at it for hours. 

Marshall served five years in the Marines before becoming an Army surgeon. Suzan Marshall said he is in good health and is "extremely well-trained" and had no health issues. He recently trained for the Bloomsday Run with his 13-year-old son. He also has a 10-year-old daughter, the Spokesman reports.

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