The month-long disappearance of 22-year-old Portlander Tyler Brady has ended in tragedy. Police pulled Brady's body from the Willamette River on Wednesday, March 17, where it was spotted by a volunteer on the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's (OMSI) submarine. The medical examiner determined that Brady drowned and there are no marks on his body or other evidence that suggest foul play. "We often find bodies in the river up to a month later, even sometimes a year later," says Portland Police spokeswoman Mary Wheat.
The death was ruled accidental. Brady was last seen the night of February 17, when friends say he was drunk and riding his black fixed-gear bike. A commenter on BikePortland.org spotted a bike matching the description of Brady's locked to a tree a short distance upriver from OMSI. Pieces of that bike have been stolen over the past month, leaving only the lock latched to the small tree. SARAH MIRK
One of the city's oldest and most prominent multicultural arts organizations will shut its doors on May 1. The board of the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center announced on Friday, March 19, the North Portland group promoting diverse artists is facing a serious budget gap due to a decline in private donations and grants, which make up 80 percent of its budget. The arts group fought last year with the city to save its funding and received $72,000 from Portland's parks budget. This year, though, there will be no haggling with the city. No last-chance fundraisers. "We are going to be letting go of staff and the board is in transition," says Board Chair Bill Hart. "We just can't operate on this system." SM