Body found in Strait one of four men missing

PORT ANGELES — The body of an Odessa man, one of four members of an Eastern Washington family whose boat capsized near LaPush, has been found in the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

The body was identified Tuesday by the Coast Guard as that of Andrew Floch, 20, of Odessa. The body was found Monday about 2 1/2miles north of Sekiu.

Floch was on a family fishing trip that ended in tragedy last Thursday, when a 17-foot Boston Whaler was found overturned in the fog on Little James Island near LaPush.

Still missing Tuesday were his grandfather, Tom Starr, 67, pastor of the Maranatha Bible Church at Lake Newman, east of Spokane; and Starr’s two other grandsons: James Starr, 20, of Spokane, and Ryan Floch, 21, of Odessa.

Two officers dead, one injured in crash: Two police officers were killed Tuesday night and a third sustained "massive injuries" following a traffic accident on I-5 between Albany and Salem, KGW-TV reported. An Oregon state trooper and an Albany police officer pulled over to help a disabled motorist. A second OSP trooper pulled up behind them. All three officers were standing near their cars when a pickup truck lost control, crossed at least one lane of traffic and hit them, the station reported. A female trooper and the Albany officer were reported dead. A second state trooper was undergoing surgery for massive abdominal injuries at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, a nursing supervisor said. He was listed in critical condition, she said. The crash closed both lanes of the highway for much of the night, said Dave Davis, Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman.

Fort Lewis troops leave firelines: A battalion of U.S. Army soldiers from Fort Lewis headed home Tuesday after fighting wildfires for 11 days. Members of the 80th Ordnance Brigade spent most of their time mopping up the 3,164-acre Bailey Mountain Fire, part of the Virginia Lakes complex of fires on the Colville Indian Reservation. Members of the Washington Army National Guard, who provided transportation and other services, left earlier. The only major fire actively burning in Washington Tuesday was the 43,000-acre Rex Creek complex, 34 miles northwest of Lake Chelan in the Sawtooth Wilderness. The complex of six fires was about 65 percent contained and was expected to be fully contained by Friday.

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