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Benton County marine deputies and crews from AA Towing and B&R Auto Wrecking recovered Suzanne Durheim's truck from the Willamette River near Corvallis early Wednesday afternoon.

Authorities have suspended the search for a Brownsville woman who’s been missing since Monday morning, when her truck apparently slid off an icy Highway 20 and rolled down an embankment into the frigid Willamette River just south of the HP Inc. campus in Corvallis.

“I’m not going to say there’s no hope, but I believe we’re on a recovery mission, not a rescue mission,” Benton County Undersheriff Greg Ridler said on Friday afternoon.

Suzanne Durheim, 66, was reported missing on Monday after she failed to report to work at Samaritan Health Plans in Corvallis. Family members spotted part of her pickup’s fender that afternoon along the highway, and authorities launched a search for the missing woman. Her vehicle was located in the river on Tuesday and was recovered on Wednesday, but so far no sign of Durheim has been found.

Marine deputies with the Benton and Linn County sheriff’s offices have patrolled the river in boats, and the Linn County Dive Team has searched beneath the surface to no avail. A dog trained to detect human remains was also brought to the area but failed to find Durheim’s scent.

Ridler said the search would resume next week, when a body submerged in the river since Monday might be expected to come to the surface.

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


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