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Elk Creek Falls being searched for missing teen

Clearwater County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to stay out of the Elk Creek Falls area at this time while searchers look for a 16-year-old Deary male who lost his footing while hiking near the top of middle falls with friends Sunday afternoon and fell into the water.

At about 3:23 p.m. the CCSO received a report of a person that had gone into Elk Creek Falls. The friends saw the teen fall to in but soon lost sight of him as he went down the falls. They did not see him again after he went into the water and he has not been seen since.

Searchers on the ground were not able to locate him that evening. Back Country Medics flew their helicopter as part of the search but were also not able to locate him and had to leave the area due to low fog, according to Sheriff Chris Goetz.

On Monday, divers with CCSO Search and Rescue searched below the lower pool of middle falls and dove in the lower pool to attempt to locate the 16-year-old. They completed a search of the 23-foot-deep pool and did not locate him. Back Country Medics again flew the area along with a drone with no success.

Search and Rescue members will again remain in the area overnight. On Tuesday, an attempt will be made to reduce the flow in Elk Creek with the assistance of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game who can make some adjustments at the upstream dam. That would help to better search the falls, Goetz said.

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