Update: Body Spotted Near Hansen Bridge

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By Paul Johnson

Jerome County, Idaho (KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV) - A body was found just west of the Hansen Bridge in Jerome County on Thursday.

It's not certain at this time, but the body is believed to be that of 46 year old Troy Baynes of Murtaugh.
Baynes vanished in the water on June 30th.

The Jerome County Sheriff's Office took the low water level as another opportunity to search for the missing Murtaugh man that washed away last week.

And this morning, a body was found.

"The water levels were very low; there is a lot of visible rock and shore that was visible to us that was not to us last week," said Doug McFall, Jerome County Sheriff.

Because of those factors the Jerome Sheriff's Deputies were able to locate an unidentified male's body.

And they believe that body is that of Troy Baynes.

"Yeah were pretty sure that it's the subject that we've been looking for,” said McFall. “It's dressed the same clothing and right in the location we expected it to be."

The family of Baynes has been notified and a positive identification is still waiting. The body was spotted around 10 a.m. on Thursday morning.
But due to the extreme terrain, a collaborated effort between Twin Falls and Jerome County search and rescue was undertaken.

"The terrain is very rough, almost impossible to get around there on foot,” said McFall. “Getting there is about impossible because in certain areas the river goes right up to the edge and its deep brush and heavy lava rock."

The body was located about a mile west of the Hansen Bridge. In an area that rafters refer to as “let’s make a deal.” The location has heavy rock pillars and fast moving water.

The Jerome County Sheriff’s Office is asking locals to take extra precaution.

"We get a lot of falls off the canyon edge and we get drowning inside of the river,” said McFall. “I just ask people to use caution... wear life vest while they are enjoying the activities in the river. We would rather help people out and get called out... instead of having a catastrophe like this happen."

McFall says that if you are in a situation in which you find yourself in over your head, never hesitate to call 911.

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Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Authorities have spotted a body along the Snake River about a mile west of the Hansen bridge. Jerome Sheriff Doug McFall said that both the Jerome and Twin Falls Sheriff Deputies are on the scene along with members of the Jerome and Twin Falls Search and rescue.

They are currently working to recover the body that was spotted Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff McFall said he and Helicopter owner/pilot Scott Jackson had landed a group of deputies into the canyon where they were searching on foot.

Sheriff McFall said he thought he may have smelled a distinct odor that led him to believe they were in the area of a body. When he returned to the air with the helicopter, they spotted the body in the area described as north of the pillars in an area known by those who float the river as “let’s make a deal” which is west of the Hansen Bridge. Wednesday the water in the river was very low which assisted the search efforts.

Authorities presume it’s the body of the missing fisherman that fell into the water Sunday June 30, 2014.

Authorities have been searching for Troy Baynes, 46 of Murtaugh. He and another man became stranded in the Canyon just west of the Hansen Bridge.


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