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Search continues in Montana for missing Yakima woman

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- A week long search in Montana for a Yakima woman was called off Tuesday because of dangerous river conditions.

KNDO spoke to one of Roy and Pat Plochowietz's daughters Tuesday morning, and she said a majority of her five brothers and sisters went over with their dad to help with search and rescue efforts.

Meagher County Sheriff's deputies say Pat and Roy were boating in the Smith River near Great Falls a week ago, when they hit a log and the boat overturned.

Deputies say Plochowietz's husband was able to swim to shore and that the couple were wearing life jackets.

The couple have owned Hy's Mini Market on Lincoln Avenue in Yakima since the 1980's.

Bev Hesseltine, a long-time customer who has been shopping at Hy's for over a decade, says she's saddened by the news. "I hope that they find her. And I'm sure they're doing everything that they can possibly do," says Hessletine. "I know that they have six kids and they want their mom back, and I'm sure he does, wants his wife back."

Family members tell me the accident happened last Monday on Pat's 68th birthday.

Meagher County Sheriff's Office, along with several other agencies, including volunteers have helped with the search for the missing woman. Swim teams say they'll resume the search when the river is safe enough for the rescue team.

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