Sean Gerdau

Sean Gerdau

Police say the body found in the Snake River on Aug. 22 was that of a missing man from Fruitland.

Sean Gerdau, 22, who had been missing from his home in Fruitland since Aug. 19, was found in the Snake River by three people kayaking on the river, according to Fruitland Police Chief JD Huff.

Police do not suspect foul play to be involved, rather at this point they believe Gerdau’s death was self-inflicted.

Huff did not give details on how the man died; however, Payette County Coroner Keith Schuller did confirm that the cause of death was fresh water drowning.

Though it is “tough to tell” how long he was in the river, Huff said it is believed Gerdau “was in the water a short time after he went missing.”

Gerdau had left his home on foot early Aug. 22, leaving all his possessions behind.

There are many questions that may never be answered, Huff said.

“We just never know why people make the choices they do, and we, as a community just have to comfort and support the family,” he said.

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