Drowning victim is identified

Sheri Ann Mills, 42, lived near the Little Washougal River

The woman who was found dead earlier this week in the Little Washougal River has been identified as a Washougal resident.

Sheri Ann Mills, 42, lived in a home near the river.

“Her yard was on the Washougal River,” Clark County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Steven Shea said by phone Wednesday. “You could literally walk to the river from the house. It was under a thousand feet — from the house to where she was found.”

Mill’s identification was not released until her family members could be notified. The Clark County Medical Examiner has determined the cause of her death to be accidental drowning.

“The water was moving fast, and it was pretty cold,” Shea said. “There was nothing to indicate it was anything more than an accident.”

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office and East County Fire & Rescue were called to the 200 block of Northeast Blair Road, Monday, at about 10:49 a.m., on the report of a body in the river. Neighbors had called 911.

The Clark County Technical Rescue Team removed the fully clothed body woman from the water. Other responding agencies included the Washougal and Vancouver fire departments, and Clark County Fire District 6.

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