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Members of the Albany Fire Department water rescue team carry an empty stretcher back to their rig after recovering a body from the Calapooia River near downtown Albany on Saturday.

Police say they have determined the identity of a body pulled out of the Calapooia River near Bryant Park on Saturday.

The remains are those of Gregory Daniel, a 34-year-old Albany resident, Lt. Alan Lynn of the Albany Police Department said Saturday evening. Daniel's family was notified earlier in the day. 

"He was reported missing on Oct. 20," Lynn said. "He had walked away from his home (on Oct. 18) and hadn't been seen since."

According to police, a group of people playing disc golf in Bryant Park spotted the body and called 911 at 10:43 a.m. The body was found face-down in the river, about 10 feet off the bank, near where the Calapooia flows into the Willamette.

Lynn said the body appeared to have been in the water “for a period of time” before it was discovered.

"There is nothing suspicious about the death," he added. "It appears to be a drowning at this point."

A dive team from the Albany Fire Department retrieved the body from the water just after noon. Police kept bystanders away from the area until the body could be transported to a funeral home.

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Reporter Bennett Hall can be reached at 541-758-9529 or bennett.hall@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter at @bennetthallgt.

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