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Sheriff’s dive team comes up empty in Nisqually River search

Lindsey Scheidemann
Lindsey Scheidemann Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

The Thurston County Sheriff’s Office dive team came up empty-handed in its six-hour search for a 37-year-old man believed to have been in the Nisqually River.

The man, Lindsey Scheidemann, was reported missing early Wednesday morning. Scheidemann also is wanted on a felony warrant for unlawful possession of heroin.

“The water is clear,” Sgt. Carla Carter said Wednesday afternoon.

“There’s no reason to believe he’s in the water, and because of his wanted status, our search is complete,” she said.

The dive team hit the water about 3 a.m. Wednesday, following the report of a woman screaming by the river near Conine Street Southeast.

The woman, Cassandra Neaves, 29, also was found in the river. She told deputies that she and Scheidemann, her boyfriend, had gone swimming.

Neaves, who also was wanted for unlawful possession of heroin, was treated at the scene and arrested.

Scheidemann is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 185 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. The public is asked not to approach him if found, but to call 911 immediately.

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