Missing Wyoming deputy found dead, search was in day 4

2011-07-31T16:45:00Z 2011-08-01T18:32:36Z Missing Wyoming deputy found dead, search was in day 4The Associated Press The Associated Press
July 31, 2011 4:45 pm  • 

UPDATED: 5:15PM - DOUGLAS — The body of a Wyoming deputy who jumped in the North Platte River to assist a struggling girl was discovered Sunday.

It was the fourth day of searching for 29-year-old Bryan P. Gross, of the Converse County sheriff's office, who went in the river Thursday evening after a teenage girl who appeared to be struggling. The girl survived, but Gross was swept away in the river swollen by heavy snowmelt.

County Sheriff Clinton Becker said Gross' body was found late Sunday morning in the river about a mile and a half from where Gross entered.

Searchers from several law enforcement agencies and civilian volunteers checked the banks of the river. Divers, dogs and a helicopter helped in the search. The sheriff did not describe how Gross was located.


DOUGLAS — The search for a missing Converse County sheriff's deputy has resumed for a fourth day, with no sign yet of the officer who jumped in the North Platte River near Douglas to assist a struggling girl.

Authorities say Sunday there has been no progress in the search for 29-year-old Bryan P. Gross. Gross went in the river Thursday evening after a teenage girl who appeared to be struggling. The girl survived, but Gross was swept away in the river swollen by heavy snowmelt.

Searchers from several law enforcement agencies and civilian volunteers have been checking the banks of the river. The Casper Star-Tribune reports that divers from Albany County specially trained in in searching fast-moving water have assisted in searching the river, and dogs have helped search the banks.

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