Northwest NEWS

September 27, 1999

Local News

Missing man's body found

by Marshall Haley, staff reporter

   SNOHOMISH COUNTY--A fisherman and his son found the body of 73-year-old George Brien washed up on Douglas Bar in the Snohomish River, near the city of Snohomish, on Wed., Sept. 15. The fisherman said he "felt drawn" to the spot where he found Brien's body. Officials determined his body had been in the water a long time, and his death was ruled a drowning.

   Cathcart resident Brien, an Alzheimer's sufferer, was reported missing by his wife on May 26. His car was found on June 1, high-centered on a tree stump off a narrow, dead-end road on private property, near the 20400 block of 242nd Ave. NE in northeast King County.

   King County Sheriff's Office dogs had followed Brien's scent as far north as 228th SE in Snohomish County, east of Echo Lake. A tracker found footprints there matching Brien's cowboy boots. That was over a mile north of his abandoned car.

   Brien's daughter, Barbara Johnson, had posted pictures of him in Duvall, the town nearest to where he disappeared. In 1998, another man drowned in the Snoqualmie River in Duvall. His body was also found months later in the Snohomish River near Snohomish. The Snoqualmie River merges with the Skykomish River in Monroe, then flows west as the Snohomish River.