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Body found in Cowlitz River believed to be missing Centralia woman

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A body discovered Tuesday morning in the Cowlitz River is believed to be Elizabeth Pham, a missing mother of three last seen more than two weeks ago.  

The 33-year-old Centralia woman was reported missing Oct. 10. Her car was found along Interstate 5 in Toledo that evening, unlocked with the keys inside.

Pham's family told investigators she may have been suffering from postpartum depression.

A witness reported seeing a woman matching Pham's description sitting under a freeway overpass, staring into the Cowlitz River. Investigators said she had previously been seen that night at a truck stop, a gas station and a restaurant. 

Her makeup bag was later found downriver.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, two fishermen called 911 after spotting a body near Lacamas Creek, which flows into the Cowlitz River near Vader, about two miles from where Pham was last seen.

Deputies said the clothing on the woman's body matched what Pham was last seen wearing on Oct. 10.

An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.

"This is a sad day. I think everyone was hopeful Elizabeth would eventually be located alive. Our thoughts are with Elizabeth's family and friends," said Lewis County Sheriff Robert Snaza.

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