Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Coast Guard Joins Search for Woman, Missing Since 2010, In Snake River

Posted By on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard and Lewiston-Clarkston Valley law enforcement will return to the dark, cold waters of the Snake River today in their search for a woman who has been missing for more than three years.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the Coast Guard has brought in specialized remotely operated deep-water equipment in the search. The equipment has been previously used in water as deep as 1,000 feet.

The Tribune reports that the Coast Guard is using the search for training, while local law enforcement uses it as a new opportunity to search for remains of Rachael Anderson, who was allegedly thrown over the rail of the Red Wolf Crossing Bridge in April 2010. Anderson's estranged husband, Charles Capone, is facing murder and conspiracy charges in connection with her death. An acquaintance of Capone told investigators that he helped dispose of Anderson's body in the river.

"Some divers think she may have gone straight down and others think she could have been carried by the current or covered by sand waves at the bottom and buried," Detective Jackie Nichols of the Asotin County (Wash.) Sheriff's Office told the Tribune. "The only way to find out is to start where we think the body went in the river. If we don't find her, we'll continue searching downstream as resources are available."

The water is approximately 55-feet deep and very murky.

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