Search continues for young woman who fell into the Missouri River

Posted at 1:22 PM, Apr 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-27 15:22:54-04

There is still no sign of the young woman who was reported to have fallen into the Missouri River on Monday.

Search and rescue personnel spent much of Monday trying to find her; by the end of the day, Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards determined that the rescue operation had become a recovery process.

Witnesses saw the woman near the caboose on the River’s Edge Trail before she was spotted in the water coming toward Black Eagle Dam by dam workers. The dam workers said they tried to help the woman but the current was too strong and she went through the dam.

Sheriff Edwards says that although they believe they know who the person is, they are not releasing her name until they have a positive identification.

Family members have also declined to speak on camera about the identity of the woman, although the woman’s fiancee has posted publicly on Facebook: "They have an idea of where she is but it could take up to six weeks because of being in an eddy (whirlpool-like thing) unless a current brings her up sooner."

The fiancee also posted:"They pulled the shoe out of the river right in front of me… And I screamed ‘That’s hers"…. The sheriff asked me if I could tell him about a special mark on It and I told him it had green paint on the toe… And then he bowed his head and said I’m so sorry for your loss."

Edwards is asking anyone who may see something in the water to call 911 immediately and to not enter the river.

(1st Report, Monday, 9:26 a.m.) Search and rescue personnel responded to a report of a person in the Missouri River on Monday morning.

Responding agencies include Great Falls Fire Rescue, Cascade County Sheriff’s Office, Black Eagle Volunteer Fire Department, and Great Falls Emergency Services.

The search activity is concentrated along the stretch of the river between the 15th Street Bridge and Black Eagle Dam, focused primarily near the dam.

At least one SAR boat is in the water, and emergency personnel can be seen walking along the top of the dam.

We have a reporter at the scene and will update you as we get more information.

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