Recovery Effort for Missing Teenager Transitions to Boat Patrol

Independence, Oregon — After a multi-agency effort to search the area with dive teams where a teenager disappeared under the water on July 7, the recovery effort is now being done primarily through boat patrol along the Willamette River. Riverview Park is now open to the public. 

On Sunday, at around 5:07 PM, a teenager disappeared under the water while playing in the Willamette River near Riverview Park. Soon after, Polk County Emergency responders and the US Coast Guard arrived and conducted water rescue efforts, including dive and flyover searches. Over 24 hours after the incident, emergency personnel transitioned the effort into a recovery process. 

We will provide an update once we learn more information.

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