PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Police on Friday confirmed that the body found in Willamette River near the Cathedral Park boat ramp on Thursday is that of Richard Ritz.
Ritz, 74, was last seen leaving a bar on North Lombard Street on the evening of Sept. 13, 2020. He was declared missing a few days later and police said he was likely in danger due to certain health conditions.
A volunteer team that specializes in finding lost cars underwater, Adventures with Purpose, found an SUV belonging to Ritz. Divers later recovered a body from inside the vehicle.
“It’s been driving me crazy everyday, I’m constantly on my phone looking on Google to see if they found him,” Ritz’s daughter, Tina Heagle-Ritz said. “It’s a relief but at the same time, but knowing I don’t have my dad anymore.”
Ritz’s family is grateful to Adventures with Purpose for solving a big piece of the puzzle.