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Missing Fairchild Airman Found In Long Lake

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SPOKANE, Wash. - Thirty-seven days after a Fairchild Air Force Base airman went missing, the mother of James Adam Ramse-Lassiter tells KHQ that her son's body has been found.

"Adam was a blessing," Patricia Lassiter said of her son, who the family knows as Adam.

Fisherman found the body of the 26-year-old on Sunday in Long Lake, in Stevens County. That's roughly 17 miles away from Bowl and Pitcher, in Riverside State Park, where he went canoeing.

Adam disappeared on March 31, after he told friends he was going canoeing down the Spokane River at Riverside State Park. His vehicle was found at Bowl and Pitcher.

The Spokane County Sheriff's Office Emergency Operations Team quickly launched a search, spending hours each day with three water vessels and U.S. Border Patrol helicopter. The team searched far and wide, from Bowl and Pitcher to Nine Mile and Long Lake. Several weeks after he disappeared, Lassiter's canoe and back pack washed up near Seven Mile Bridge. It's possible his canoe capsized in the fast-moving Spokane river.

Adam is the fifth of eight children, a proud Texas A&M graduate, a career military man, and his mom said, a man of God.

"He wasn't going {canoeing} for recreation," Patricia explained. "He was going to be with the Lord and often just getting in nature by yourself can draw you closer that way."

Patricia is planning on holding a public service for Adam on June 2.

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STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Department is investigating the discovery of a body found floating in Long Lake Sunday afternoon.

Details are limited at this point, but while investigating a fatal motorcycle crash along Highway 291 Sunday afternoon, Stevens County Sheriff's Deputies were also called to a report of a dead person found floating in Long Lake.

Two fisherman made the discovery Sunday afternoon, and the Spokane County Sheriff's Department was called in to assist with the retrieval of the body and the investigation into the incident.

As soon as we get any new information on this developing story, we will pass it along to you.

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KHQ.COM - Authorities confirm with KHQ that they have found the canoe of missing Fairchild Airman 26-year-old James Adam Ramse-Lassiter in the area of Plese Flats. Lassiter went out in dangerous waters without a  helmet, life jacket or wetsuit in early April. His canoe was sighted  early on by people on a nearby trail but it was not found until today.

The Sheriff's Office Emergency Operations Team (EOT) spotted the canoe in the Spokane River near 7 Mile Bridge, Tuesday afternoon, just down river from the Bowl and Pitcher area of the Spokane River at Riverside State Park, while they were training in the area.
 
According Deputy Craig Chamberlain, Spokane County Sheriff's Office Spokesperson, the canoe was partially submerged in about three to four inches of water and was held against a bridge abatement.

Along with the canoe, officials also found a backpack with Ramse-Lassiter's name on it, an ax, flashlight, poncho, and what they believed to be his car keys.

Ramse-Lassiter went missing on March 31st, after he told friends he was going canoeing in the Spokane River near Bowl and Pitcher. Authorities did not believe he brought a helmet, dry suit, or a life jacket with him. When Ramse-Lassiter did not show up for work, deputies and volunteers launched an extensive search on the ground, in the water, and by air.

For a short time, high river waters forced deputies to suspend the search but it resumed again last week.

We're told the military is working on notifying the family about the discovery but Chamberlain said this does not change the terms of the search for Ramse-Lassiter. They believe he could still be anywhere. Chamberlain said the EOT will continue to do periodic searches but are anticipating increasing high waters as the snow pack begins to melt this spring.

KHQ will continue to bring you updated as we get more information.

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