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Deputies searching Boise River for missing Nampa man

Posted at 9:06 AM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 07:21:01-04

STAR, Idaho — UPDATE (6/6): - In a release from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, officials say they will be lowering the flows of the Boise River by 1,500 cfs. after Boise Fire Department requested lower levels to help aid the search for the missing man. The water will start dropping at about 3:00 a.m. on Friday, June 7.

The city of Star warned people on Facebook to stay out of the river.

“We have had four river rescues here in Star over the past month,” according to the city’s post. “The river is running high, fast and cold and not ready for people to swim. Not only are those who think they can swim in the river risking their lives but also the lives of our first responders.”

Boise River flows will begin increasing by 1,000 cfs to reach a targeted 4,800 cfs starting Saturday morning at 8 am.

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Ada County Sheriff’s Office deputies are searching a stretch of the Boise River just south of Star for a 19-year-old Nampa man who disappeared Wednesday night after jumping in the water.

Searchers were called to the area near Star Road and the Boise River about 9 p.m. Wednesday, after family members reported a 19-year-old man who disappeared while recreating on the river, according to an Ada County dispatch supervisor.

Authorities were on the scene last night, but were unable to find any sign of the man. The search resumed about 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

“We are using an unmanned aircraft to search the water and the banks from above,” said Ada County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Andrea Dearden. “The search was on hold overnight because of visibility.”

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office has a dive team but, according to Dearden, “The (river) conditions are not safe for diving, so they are not in the water.”

The deputies have wrapped up Thursday's search, but plan on resuming the search Friday morning. River flows will be reduced Friday, which will allow dive teams to search the water.

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.