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Woman missing on Snake River
A 60-year-old woman is missing and is presumed to have drowned on the Snake River.
The Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office received a call between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday saying that a woman was missing at Heller Bar where the Grande Ronde River meets the Snake River.
According to Chief Deputy Fred Steen, the woman was with a party running jet boats on the river. The party stopped at their campsite at Heller Bar. The woman and her dog stayed behind with one of the boats while the rest of the boaters went upriver.
According to a report from the U.S. Forest Service, a boat with a driver and a law enforcement officer stopped to help the woman move her boat farther into the river. She was worried with the dropping levels of the water, from the fluctuation of the dam's release, that the beached boat would be too far from the water to drive it when the party returned.
The Forest Service employees said they helped the woman move the boat and left.
When the party returned a half hour after it left, the woman was missing. Her shoes were found on the beach and her dog was in the boat.
Nez Perce County is leading the effort to find the woman with assistance from Wallowa County Sheriff's Office and Oregon State Police.