As of Tuesday, May 24, 2016
SLATE CREEK River conditions continue to hamper search efforts for two University of Idaho students who are presumed drowned following a vehicle accident into the Salmon River last week.
Cayla Danenberg, 20, and Tiffany Maupin, 21, both of Nampa, were traveling back to the U of I in Moscow last Tuesday, May 17, according to the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office (ICSO), when at 7 p.m. their 2004 Nissan Maxima left the roadway at milepost 210.9 (approximately three miles south of Slate Creek).
ICSO deputies and search and rescue personnel unsuccessfully searched the riverbanks to locate the victims, who are presumed drowned.
According to ICSO assistant dispatch supervisor ManDee Mignerey, river flow and visibility conditions are at this time too hazardous for divers or jet boats to assist in the search. Last Friday, however, a fuel spill was spotted in the river, denoting the vehicle’s location just downriver from the initial accident site.
ICSO personnel are monitoring conditions until they are determined safe to deploy searchers into the river.