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FILE — The Yakima County Coroner’s Office.

A body found on an island in the Yakima River in late July has been identified as a Yakima man missing since early December.

Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice identified the remains found on July 21 as Maverick Craig, who was 27 years old when he was reported missing on Dec. 1.

Craig would have turned 28 in April.

“The Yakima County Coroner’s Office and its staff offer our condolences to the family and friends of Maverick Craig,” Curtice said in a news release.

Craig’s remains were positively identified with the use of dental records, Curtice said.

A man discovered the body last month on an island in the river about a half-mile west of the Donald-Wapato Bridge, near Exit 44 of Interstate 82 in Wapato.

There was no evidence of how the person may have died, deputies said at the time.

“The cause and manner of death is undetermined and will continue to be under investigation,” Curtice said.

“We are hopeful that this will help all who knew Maverick with the healing process.”

His disappearance was being investigated by the Yakima Police Department, according to information on the flyer created by the Washington State Patrol Missing Persons Unit.

A Facebook page, Maverick Craig is Missing, notes that some of his belongings were found on the ground near southbound Interstate 82 just outside Union Gap (Exit 40). Family had offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to his return or location.

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