Area first responders as of The Columbus Telegram's Monday night print deadline were still looking for a possible drowning victim last seen near Tailrace Park over the weekend.
About 7:45 p.m. Saturday, June 8, the Platte County Sheriff’s Office responded to Tailrace Park in response to a potential drowning, Platte County Sheriff Ed Wemhoff told The Columbus Telegram on Monday afternoon.
Upon arrival, deputies were able to determine from several witnesses that a male subject was last seen in the Platte River near Tailrace Park, according to a release from the sheriff.
Members of the Platte County Sheriff’s Office, Platte County Dive and Rescue Team, Colfax County Sheriff’s Office, Butler County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus Fire Department and Schuyler Fire Department, conducted a search of the river; however, the search was unsuccessful in locating the male subject.
On Sunday, June 9, the search continued again with no success. But, the sheriff noted, it continued Monday and was expected to do so into the next few days in an attempt to locate the subject.
The victim is believed to be an 18-year-old male, whose name is being withheld until his identify can be verified, Wemhoff stated. There were reports of the victim's identity being revealed Monday night, however, The Telegram was unable to confirm with the Platte County Sheriff's Office at deadline.
The Sheriff’s Office, along with Platte County Emergency Management, asked the public to use extreme caution when entering any area lake and/or river.
"Due to recent flooding, the once familiar channels and streams of area rivers have changed, as well as created (deeply) hidden washed out areas, as well as hidden debris. As a result of the recent wet spring, rivers are experiencing larger volumes of water which leads to a stronger current than what is typically experienced this time of year," the sheriff said, in the release. "These water conditions have created potentially unsafe undertows, that can unexpectedly pull you under the water or drag you downstream."
Anyone with additional information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Platte County Sheriff’s Office at 402-564-3229 or Platte County Area Crime Stoppers at 402-563-4000.