Unidentified Body Found Near Hansen Bridge, Believed To Be Missing Murtaugh Man
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.