Dead Man Found; Search For Missing Boy Continues In Sweetwater County

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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Sweetwater County authorities are searching for a missing boy after he and his father disappeared from their campsite over the weekend.

While the body of a man was found in Flaming Gorge Reservoir on Saturday, he has not been identified as the father of the 7-year-old boy who authorities continue to search for.

According to a news release posted to the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Department’s Facebook page, authorities responded to a report of a missing man and child on Friday evening. The two were reported missing from an area of the Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

Deputies learned that a 34-year-old Rock Springs man and his seven-year-old son were last seen leaving their campsite in an all-terrain vehicle around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. A witness reported the two never returned.

Around 6 a.m. Saturday, an oil slick and debris were found floating on the surface of the water below a 200-ft. cliff.

Later in the day, divers located and recovered a submerged ATV in the immediate area of the surface debris. Deputies also recovered the body of the adult male from inside the vehicle.

However, the boy remains missing and search efforts continue. The identities of the boy and man are being withheld for the time being.

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