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Body of missing Idaho man recovered from Payette River

Milt Alley went missing after his vehicle went into the Payette River on Highway 17 on Thursday, July 14.

BOISE COUNTY, Idaho — The Boise County Sheriff's Office confirmed the body of Milt Alley, who went missing after his vehicle went into the Payette River on Highway 17 on July 14, was recovered Wednesday around 11:30 a.m.

In a Facebook post, the sheriff's office said, "our hearts and prayers go out to Milt's family in this difficult time for them. We would also like to send out a huge thank you to all the volunteers who spent many hours looking for Milt along the river." 

Alley's vehicle went into the water near milepost 1. Officials recovered Alley's vehicle and dog from the Payette River following the incident. 

Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue, Boise County Search and Rescue and private volunteers assisted in the search for Alley. 

The Boise County Sheriff's Office (BCSO) said volunteers were searching using helicopters and watercraft.

A Facebook group was been created for updates and information on the search, according to BCSO. The group is titled 'Milt Alley Search and Rescue Information Page.'

According to the search and rescue page, a group of kayakers were on the Payette River last Saturday to assist in the search efforts. The page also said a volunteer flew a helicopter from south of Banks to Black Canyon Saturday, but did not see anything along the river bottom. 

Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue, Boise County officials, Idaho Mountain Search and Rescue and volunteers were walking on both sides of the river on Highway 17 Saturday afternoon.

Flyers have been posted from Garden Valley to Sweet and everywhere in between, and more are continuing to go up. There...

Posted by Milt Alley search and rescue information page on Saturday, July 16, 2022

Garden Valley Fire also joined the search efforts and other volunteers searched with watercraft. The information page thanked Bear Valley Rafting Company for offering a raft trip to searchers. 

Boise County officials and the volunteer helicopter pilot flew from Black Canyon to Banks again Sunday morning at 6:30, but were not able to locate Alley. Horseshoe Bend Search and Rescue were also on the Payette River Sunday on jet skis.

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