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Albany Man Drowns in River

SCIO, Ore. — An Albany man drowned in the North Santiam River on Wednesday evening.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office says 53-year-old Steven Brunson was swimming near the Buell Miller boat ramp when he disappeared shortly after 5:15 p.m. A witness called 911 when Brunson didn’t resurface. His body was found about two hours later.

Sheriff Tim Mueller says alcohol was a contributing factor in Brunson’s death.

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