West Ada

Search continues for teenager who jumped into the Boise River and hasn’t been seen since

Correction: This article has been updated with the swimmer’s correct age. Law enforcement initially incorrectly identified his age.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office continued Thursday to search for a swimmer who went missing Wednesday night in the Boise River near the Star Road bridge.

The 19-year-old swimmer from Nampa reportedly jumped into fast-moving water near Main Street and Star Road in Star. He and two other people jumped into the water, but the missing man did not resurface, according to the sheriff’s office.

At the request of the Boise Fire Department, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has said will decrease Boise River flows through the city of Boise by 1,500 cubic feet per second starting at about 3 a.m. Friday. Lowering the water level will allow dive crews to search the water.

The city of Star warned people on its Facebook page to stay out of the river.

“We have had four river rescues here in Star over the past month,” according to the city’s post. “The river is running high, fast and cold and not ready for people to swim. Not only are those who think they can swim in the river risking their lives but also the lives of our first responders.”

Reporter Ruth Brown covers the criminal justice and correctional systems in Idaho. She focuses on breaking news, public safety and social justice. Prior to coming to the Idaho Statesman, she was a reporter at the Idaho Press-Tribune, the Bakersfield Californian and the Idaho Falls Post Register.