UPDATE: The victim has been identified as 36-year-old Jazmin Torres. The manner of death is still pending. As soon as we get any more details we'll post them here on KHQ.com, Facebook and our Twitter news feed.
Spokane County Sheriff Department Press Release: On Tuesday, September 4, 2012, at 9:00 a.m., Spokane Sheriff's Deputy T. Warner was dispatched to Waterfront Beach at Medical Lake for a possible drowning. A Medical Lake City employee at the park located a 36 year old female floating about ten feet from the shore at Waterfront Park. Deputy Warner arrived on scene and pulled the female out of the water onto the beach. Deputy Warner began life saving procedures and quickly realized the female was deceased. Medics arrived on scene and confirmed the female had been deceased for an unknown amount of time. Major Crimes detectives were called to the scene to conduct a death investigation. Any time the Sheriff's Office responds to a call involving a death, that is not obviously natural, investigators treat it as a crime scene until it can be proven otherwise. After the scene was processed, the female was released to the Medical Examiner's Office who performed an autopsy this afternoon. The Medical Examiner's Office concluded that the cause of death was drowning. The Medical Examiner's Office will release the name of the female pending next of kin notification. Previous Coverage:
MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. - A body has been found in Medical Lake at Waterfront Park. The body is that of a 36-year-old woman and was found by a city worker about 15 feet from shore. Authorities tell our Alex Rozier that a deputy went out in the water to try and save her but it was too late. Right now Major Crimes detectives are on the scene investigating. It's unknown at this hour if there's any trauma to the body.
Authorities also tell us that the woman was in the water for a substantial amount of time. It's not clear where she's from as detectives work on notifying next of kin. The woman was wearing a tank top and boxer shorts. Get the very latest on this Breaking News story on the Noon NewsBreak LIVE on KHQ.com. You can also look for updates on Facebook and our Twitter news feed.