Possible Drowning in Yakima

The Yakima County Sheriff's office is looking for an 18 year old believed to be missing in the Roza Canal. The full and official release from the department is below.

Yakima County Sheriff’s office was notified of “suspicious” activity near the canal bank of the Roza canal.  Deputies responded to the area in East Selah, along with personnel from the Bureau of Reclamation.  It appeared that someone “may have” slid down the bank and into the canal.  Detectives with YSO were assigned the case and through some of the investigation were able to confirm that an 18 year old East Selah resident is believed to have gone into the canal.


Yakima County Search & Rescue was notified of the missing teenager, and this afternoon again with the Bureau’s assistance 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 where we have located subjects in the past. 

By this evening that area had been “cleared” and confirmed the subject was not in that section.


The search will continue tomorrow morning with additional Search and Rescue teams.


Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office 574-2500


Saturday Update:

Crews started out at 0900 hrs. using Quads and 4x4 vehicles to search the canal system.

Teams worked from the Terrace Heights Power station, through Terrace Heights and south across the East Valley to Konnowac Pass. 

As teams were continuing south to the Lower valley we received a report from a citizen on Cheyne Rd out of Zillah, they believed they had spotted the subject in the canal.


SAR teams moved directly to the location and were on-scene with-in 20 minutes.  There were SAR members at a spillway 4 miles downstream to the point last seen, and continued to search that area for 4 hours without locating the subject.

As evening set in, the days search was suspended till tomorrow morning




Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office 574-2500



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