Body pulled from Puyallup River identified as missing inner-tuber

Staff writerSeptember 10, 2013 

A man pulled from the Puyallup River Friday has been identified as a 25-year-old South Hill man who disappeared while inner-tubing near Sumner July 1.

Austin Smith was floating the river with two friends the day he went missing. His friends got out of the water about 6 p.m. under the East Main Avenue Bridge in Puyallup and realized he was missing.

Search and rescue crews scoured the river for Smith that night but found nothing but his inner tube.

A fisherman spotted his badly decomposed body Friday, which was likely dislodged by heavy rains the night before. The county’s swiftwater rescue team was able to recover Smith’s body near the mouth of the river.

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