Maupin, a former University of Idaho student, was heading up U.S. 95 on May 17 with her friend Cayla Danenberg, 20, also of Nampa, when their vehicle went off the road into the Salmon River about 5 miles north of Riggins. Danenberg is also presumed dead, but her body hasn’t been found yet.
Maupin’s body was found in an eddy near the Twin Bridges by a resident who lived nearby.
It’s lucky that her body was found at all, Giddings said. The river was flowing fast and high when the two young women plunged into it. Water that powerful can carry a body miles, and keep it out of sight.
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“When you go in the river and drown, you go down,” he said.
Though his crews searched up and down the Salmon — 10 miles each way — after the crash, Giddings said finding Danenberg’s body will be a long shot for similar reasons. Those who fish and locals in the area are keeping an eye out, he said.
A GoFundMe page was started to fund Maupin’s recovery, called “Tiffany’s Journey Home.”
The page organizer posted a statement Saturday: “Our beautiful Tiffany has been recovered and is being brought home today. Thank you for all your thoughts, prayers and donations to date.”
Giddings said he hopes finding Maupin’s body can help her family through the grieving process.
“It gives closure to something that happened so drastically quick,” he said.