A body found in the Deschutes River south of Bend Tuesday afternoon is believed to be that of a Bend woman who disappeared two weeks ago, police said.
Around 2:40 p.m., Deschutes County sheriff?s deputies, assisted by Bend police detectives, responded to the river near Riverwoods Drive and Ochoco Circle on a report of a body in the river, said police Lt. Ben Gregory.
A body was recovered, and pending a positive ID, it?s believed to be that of Carol Margaret Ray, 46, reported missing by her husband on May 8.
?At this point in the investigation, foul play is not suspected,? Gregory said in a news release, adding that an autopsy would be conducted to determine the cause of death.
Police and volunteer searchers had been looking in and along the river for Ray, whose car was found parked May 9 at the Lava Island Trailhead.
A local raft guide apparently was the last person to see Ray, slowly walking on the Deschutes River Trail, looking almost confused.
While police said all along foul play was not suspected, they couldn't rule it out without finding her first.
"We had Search and Rescue crews out looking today, as almost every day preceding, for the missing woman from the Meadow Camp area earlier," Sheriff Larry Blanton told NewsChannel 21 late Tuesday afternoon.
"We don't know if it's the same person or not -- it's too early to tell for that," Blanton said. "We're working with Bend PD detectives right now to make the recovery out of the river."
Someone on Ochoco Circle apparently spotted the body and called 911.
"It's a surprise," said neighbor Ruth Anne Jansen. "Thank goodness, it doesn't happen very often. But I'm awfully glad they found her, because I know it's been hard on her family.