Police searching for missing woman

IDAHO FALLS, ID - Idaho Falls Police are searching for a woman who has been missing almost two weeks, who is believed to have fallen into a river.

About 11:40 p.m. on May 9th, police received a report of a woman who had slipped on driftwood and fell in the water on the south side of the Broadway Bridge near the Marriott Hotel in Idaho Falls.

The Idaho Falls Police, the Idaho Falls Fire Department and the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team responded and began searching the area. 

The woman has been identified as 23-year-old Kayla Davis of Pocatello. 

The man who reported the incident to authorities was identified as Walker Thomas, 23, also of Pocatello. 

Davis and Thomas were married earlier this year and recently relocated to Idaho Falls, according to a news release from the Idaho Falls Police Department.

Detectives have been searching for anyone who may have seen the couple at or near the river that night. They say they have also been reviewing video footage from surrounding businesses and looking for any other possible leads.

“So far, nothing substantial has given them any clues. The incident is an open investigation,” the release stated.

Idaho Falls Power crews have been working to ensure the hydropower racks (also known as grates) are swept daily, to bring up any debris in the water. They are also monitoring a live video feed of the area for any evidence of the woman.

The Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and Dive Team have continued to search using jet skis and boats equipped with sonar.

Extra resources have also been deployed in anticipation of increased water levels in the coming days. Private search parties have also been on the river with various watercraft searching for the woman.

On Thursday, May 10th, Idaho Falls Police deployed the first official test flight of the department’s unmanned aircraft system pilot program, also known as a drone. The IFPD sought and received an Emergency Certificate of Authorization from the FAA, which allowed the IFPD to fly the drone for the purpose of the search only and for a period of two hours.

Davis is about 5-feet, 8-inches tall, with blonde hair and green eyes. She occasionally wears glasses.

Detectives are asking anyone who may have seen the couple at the river that night -- or if anyone has seen the woman since -- to contact police at (208) 529-1200.

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