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Search Continues For Missing Hiker In Jerome County

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By Paul Johnson

Jerome, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) - Jerome Sheriff Deputy’s and the County’s search and rescue spent much of Sunday night and Monday morning rescuing one hiker and looking for another near the Hansen Bridge. Sheriff Doug McFall said that on Sunday at 7:36pm, Ivan Findley, 49 of Hansen and Troy Baynes, 46 of Murtaugh were reported by family members to be stranded in the bottom of the Snake River Canyon just west of the Hansen Bridge.

The men had hiked down into the canyon to fish, but were physically unable to climb back out of the canyon due to the steepness.
Findley made cell phone contact with family members in the late afternoon and stated they were unable or unwilling to climb out. He told them they were going to hike and/or float west downstream to find a way out of the canyon. Late afternoon they decided to swim across the river to the south side, one mile west of the Hansen Bridge, where they thought they could find a way out of the canyon. Findley turned back to the north bank after encountering swift current, but Baynes was pulled under by the current, and not seen again.

Jerome County Chief Deputy Jack Johnson and Jerome Search & Rescue Commander Jeremy Wells proceeded to hike down into the canyon to rescue Findley. They reached him just prior to night fall. Findley lost his boots while swimming in the river and was unable to walk the rocky route without shoes. It was decided the three would spend the night in the canyon.

On Monday at daybreak, local businessman Scott Jackson provided helicopter support, allowing a backpack to be thrown to the stranded men, containing food, water and boots for Findley.

A Search & Rescue team responded from the bridge, meeting up with the men, and assisting in all persons hiking back out of the canyon, back to the Hansen Bridge at 10:00 am.

Jackson then assisted Jerome County Sheriff Doug McFall with a search for the missing man, flying five search routes over two hours. Baynes was not located. Twin Falls County Sheriff deputies and Search & Rescue members assisted during the search. The search will continue by both counties during this week. Anyone who is rafting or boating the Snake River is asked to keep watch for the missing man between the Hansen Bridge and Twin Falls. You are asked to call SIRCOMM at 208-324-1911 with any information.


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