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Jul 29, 2011 9:14 PM by Gene Cotton

River search continues for missing Wyo. deputy

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - An official says the deputy who disappeared after swimming into a swollen eastern Wyoming river was trying save a girl who had jumped in because she was upset with her boyfriend.

The search continues for the 29-year-old Converse County deputy, Bryan Gross, a newlywed.

Undersheriff Don Schoenleber says Gross and several others swam into the North Platte River in the town of Douglas at about 5 p.m. Thursday.

They were trying to help a girl who had jumped in near a bridge. Other emergency workers recovered the girl about a mile downstream and took her to a hospital.

Schoenleber declined to identify the girl.

Douglas city administrator Steve Henning says the girl was 14 years old and was in town for a 4-H fair. He says she jumped in the river because she was "distraught with her boyfriend."

 

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