ALBANY – An Albany man drowned Wednesday night in the North Santiam River in Scio, deputies said.
Just after 5 p.m., 53-year-old Steven Brunson was swimming off the Buell Miller boat ramp when he went under. A witness called 911 after he didn’t resurface, said Kevin Guilford with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office.
Responders from multiple agencies found Brunson’s body around 7 p.m. in 12 feet of water about 50 feet from the boat ramp.
Deputies said alcohol was a contributing factor in the drowning. Foul play was not suspected.