After five days scouring the Roza Canal, search and rescue crews are fearing the worst.
YAKIMA COUNTY, WA - After five days scouring the Roza Canal, search and rescue crews are fearing the worst.
"We could be driving right in the area and he could be under the water here and you can't see him," Sergeant George Town said.
It's been a week since an 18-year-old young man was last seen. On Wednesday, canal workers saw clothes in the water. The search has led investigators to a siphon, less than 3 miles from where a body was believed to have been seen in the water. But investigators have little more than a hunch to go on.
"We've been here before in the past and so this is a likely spot for us to be searching then," Sgt. Town said. "And this is our best shot at this point."
You may say the water looks calm but don't underestimate it. This canal is extremely dangerous.
"The reality is this is actually pretty fast moving water in a canal that's cold," Sgt. Town said. "The outcomes usually aren't very good."
There are potentially dozens of structures like this one that slow down the water and speed it up. Which makes it nearly impossible for them to narrow the search area from here all the way to Benton County.
After today, cadaver dogs will be called in to see if they can find a scent or trace of the young man. Hoping to bring some closure to a difficult search.
Yakima County Search and Rescue has alerted Benton County to keep an eye out for anything unusual in the Roza Canal. The Yakima Sheriff's Office says it can be very dangerous. They normally have at least one search and rescue per year in the canal.