Wyoming deputy missing after search for girl in river

July 29, 2011 8:34:05 AM PDT
Wyoming authorities are searching for a Converse County deputy who disappeared after going into the North Platte River in Douglas to try to help a girl struggling in the water. Undersheriff Don Schoenleber says Deputy Bryan Gross went into the river at about 5 p.m. Thursday. He entered the river near the Douglas Yellowstone Bridge, which joins both sides of the town 50 miles east of Casper.

Schoenleber says searchers looked for Gross until nightfall. He says between 30 to 40 people, including some using boats and aircraft, resumed the search at 6 a.m. Friday.

Other emergency workers recovered the girl about a mile downstream on Thursday evening and took her to a hospital.

The North Platte River near Douglas is higher than normal following heavy snows last winter.