Clearwater Sheriff looking for teen who fell in waterfall

Posted at 8:42 AM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 10:42:37-04

CLEARWATER COUNTY, Idaho — The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office is looking for a 16-year-old male who fell into Elk Creek Falls on Sunday. The report was called in just before 3:30 p.m.

The teen 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 lost sight of him as he went down the falls. They did not see him again after he went into the water.

Searchers on the ground were not able to locate him that evening. Back County Medics flew their helicopter as part of the search but were not able to locate him. They had to leave the area due to low fog.

On Monday, September 9 divers with the Clearwater County Sheriff's Search and Rescue went below the lower pool of the middle falls in an attempt to find the teenager. They finished a search of the 23 feet deep pool and were unable to find him. Back County Medics flew the area with a drone and had no success.

An attempt will be made to lower the flow in Elk Creek Tuesday to better search the falls. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will make some adjustments at the up stream dam.

The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office is asking the public to stay out of the Elk Creek Falls area at this time.