It’s been eight days since a woman disappeared into the Snake River in Idaho Falls. While law enforcement agencies are searching every day, her family started a search of their own and the local community is helping out. Right Price Auto gave them a boat and Cabela’s loaned sonar equipment for their search.
“I’m not from around here and just all the help, even strangers here at the campground have stopped and asked,” said Chris Davis, the victim’s uncle. “There’s a gentleman, I don’t have his name, but he goes out each evening with a jet ski to go look. And we appreciate everything the community’s done.”
The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office says there is twice the amount of water in the river right now than in the summer. They urge people walking along the river south of the Broadway bridge to be on the lookout for any signs of the victim.
“After about 5-10 days, depending on the water temperature then the body will typically refloat,” said Sgt. Karl Casperson with the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office. “And often times that’s when we end up finding them.”
In the meantime, the family will continue searching and hoping for answers.
“It just is really hard,” Davis said. “There’s the not knowing and the time going by, but being able to do this, being able to be out there and help does make a difference. It does make us feel useful anyway.”
Law enforcement is still not releasing the victim’s name at this time. The sheriff’s office warns you to be extra careful around the river right now. They say they can’t put divers in the water because of the turbulence and depth.