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Selah Teen Missing, Deputies Believe Teen Slid Down Bank and into a Canal

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NEAR SELAH, WA - A search for a teen reported missing in a Yakima County canal Friday has come up empty but is due to resume Saturday.

The Yakima County Sheriff's Office says it was notified of "suspicious" activity near the canal bank of the Roza Canal around noon Friday. Deputies and personnel from the Bureau of Reclamation went to East Selah to check out the call.

The Sheriff's Office says it appeared that someone "may have" slid down the bank and into the Roza Canal.  Detectives were assigned to the case and through some of the investigation, they were able to confirm that an 18-year-old East Selah resident is believed to have gone into the canal.

Yakima County Search and Rescue was notified of the missing teenager, and on Friday afternoon, crews searched the area near the power station with an underwater camera and then with divers. This area was considered a "high probability area" as it is a collection point of the water in the canal and officials say drowning victims have been located there before.

However, by Friday evening, the area had been cleared and the missing teenager has not yet been found.

The search will continue Saturday morning with additional search and rescue teams.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Yakima County Sheriff's Office at 509-574-2500.
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