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Dangerous River Conditions Suspend Search for Missing Washington Woman

By admin - Posted on 23 May 2011

A multi-agency effort to locate a missing Washington woman has been suspended on the Smith River due to dangerous water conditions. 68 year old Mary Patricia Plochowietz, of Yakima Washington, went missing after the boat she and her husband were in hit a log and overturned early last Monday afternoon in the Smith River. The accident happened approximately 7 miles downstream from where the couple had launched their boat, at Camp Baker.
Searchers from Meagher County Sheriff’s Office, Meagher County Search & Rescue, Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks, Lewis & Clark County, Cascade County, Malmstrom Air Force Base, and Dept of Homeland Security have been involved in the search, but have found no sign of the missing woman.
The Smith River was closed Sunday morning by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks when the river conditions reached levels too dangerous for floaters. The search will resume once the river reaches safer levels.



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