Around 11:40 p.m. on May 9, a 23 year-old woman allegedly fell into the Snake River on the south side of the Broadway Bridge and is reported missing.
According to a joint press release from Bonneville County Sheriffs Office and the Idaho Falls Police Department the reporting party said the woman was standing on some driftwood when she slipped into the water.
Emergency crews responded immediately and Bonneville County Sheriffs Office Dive Team was called on scene and looked for the woman for over a hour but cold water conditions and swift currents suspend the operation until this morning at 8 a.m.
The team consisted of 10 members using jet skis and and three boats to search a 5-mile stretch of the Snake River. Around 15 members of the volunteer-based Search and Rescue Team searched the shoreline in the same area.
“We will be out here during the weekend until we find something,” said Sergeant Karl Casperson, leader of the dive team. They expect to resume the search tomorrow using jet skis.
The Idaho Falls Police department also deployed an unmanned aircraft system, the first official test flight of the UAS. Federal Aviation Administration approved the flight of the drone for two hours for search purposes only.
As of now the woman has not been located but the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office and Idaho Falls Police Department will continue to investigate the disappearance of the woman.