Body Found in Cowlitz River Believed to Be Missing Centralia Woman


The Lewis County Sheriff's Office believes it has recovered the body of missing Centralia woman Elizabeth Pham.

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Body Recovered in Cowlitz River Believed to be Missing Centralia Woman

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives responded to the Cowlitz River this morning after two fishermen called 911 to report they had located a body in the river. The call was made to 911 at approximately 1000 hours.

The men reported they were fishing and were turning their boat around when they spotted the body approximately 1/8 of a mile southwest of Lacamas Creek, which flows into Cowlitz River near Vader, WA.

The body is that of a female. The clothing on the body matches the clothing Elizabeth Pham was last seen wearing on Saturday, October 10th, when she went missing.

The location the body was found is approximately 2 miles, downriver, from the area in which Elizabeth was last seen.

Since Elizabeth’s disappearance, detectives have actively investigated the case, following up on numerous leads from Clark to Whatcom Counties.

“This is a sad day. I think everyone was hopeful Elizabeth would eventually be located alive. Our thoughts are with Elizabeth’s family and friends”, said Sheriff Robert Snaza.

An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow. The case will remain active at this time.