Tiffany Maupin, 21, and Cayla Danenberg, 20, died May 17 after their vehicle left Idaho Highway 95 and went into the Salmon River near Riggins.
Sunday, divers were finally able to pull that vehicle, a 2004 Nissan Mazima, out of the river, said Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings.
The two friends had been on their way to Moscow. Maupin’s body was recovered later in May, but Danenberg’s body has not yet been found, Giddings said.
The vehicle was lodged in the river bed at the site of the crash, just 5 miles north of Riggins. High, hazardous water levels previously kept the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office from attempting a recovery.
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When the water was low enough this past weekend, the Salmon River Dive Team pulled it out safely with help from New Meadow’s ABT Towing, Giddings said.
“The car was covered up — clear to the windows — with river rock that has pushed its way down,” he said.
The two had been traveling with a dog in a travel kennel, Giddings said. Crews didn’t find the dog, but they did see the kennel, intact, he said.
Giddings also noted the seatbelts were not fastened. It’s not clear if that means Danenberg and Maupin weren’t wearing them at the time, or if they took them off after the accident.
Danenberg and Maupin had gone to school together in Nampa and went to the University of Idaho together as roommates.