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Body of missing swimmer found near southern Idaho waterfall

July 27, 2021 GMT

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Authorities say the body of a 15-year-old girl who went missing while swimming near a southern Idaho waterfall was recovered Monday morning.

The Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office said the Twin Falls girl, whose name was not released, went underwater and did not resurface on Thursday evening while swimming near Pillar Falls on the Snake River. Deputies and search and rescue divers searched for the teen and the Bureau of Reclamation and Idaho Power worked to lower the water flow to the falls to aid searchers. On Saturday evening, searchers switched to making spot checks on the water and using drones to search by air.

A Twin Falls Police Department drone operator spotted the girl’s body Monday morning, about the same time a homeowner on the canyon above the Snake River called to report seeing the remains.

The area is a popular swimming spot but authorities have regularly cautioned that swift currents, slippery and unstable rocks and the strong force of the Snake River can make the area dangerous for recreationists.