ELK RIVER, ID - On Sunday afternoon the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office received a report of a person that had fallen into Elk Creek Falls, near Elk River, and has not been seen since. According to the CCSO, a 16-year-old male from Deary was hiking with friends near the top of the middle falls when he lost his footing and fell into the water. His friends saw him go in but soon lost sight of him as he went down the falls. Searchers on the ground and a helicopter were utilized on Sunday, but search crews were not able to locate him by Sunday evening.
On Monday, divers with Clearwater County Sheriff's Search and Rescue searched below the lower pool of middle falls and dove in the lower pool. They completed a search of the 23-foot-deep pool and did not locate the juvenile. A helicopter was again used, as well as a drone with no success. Search and Rescue teams remain in the area overnight.
The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office says an attempt will be made to reduce the flow in Elk Creek on Tuesday to better search the falls. The CCSO is asking the public to stay out of the Elk Creek Falls area at this time.