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Officials Investigating how Dayton Woman Drowned in Snake River

Dayton woman drowns on Snake River in Hells Canyon
Dayton woman drowns on Snake River in Hells Canyon (Idaho state tourism)

Wallowa County, Oregon sheriffs officials have pulled the body of a Dayton woman from the Snake River after she went missing late last week.

Officials found 68-year-old Sharon Mathews in an area of the Snake called Buffalo Bar, on the Idaho side of the river.

Mathews had been camping with her husband and friends in Hells Canyon along the river.  She didn’t go with the rest of her group on a boating excursion,  but stayed at their campsite near the Geneva Bar.   When the others returned, her shoes and dog were at the site by the shoreline, but she was missing.

The area she was found was several miles downstream from the campsite.  Officials speculate she may have fallen into the river, or waded in and been taken away by the current.

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