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Search continues for missing boater near Morris

Published: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 6:04 p.m. CDT

MORRIS – Morris Fire Protection & Ambulance District continued the search Tuesday for the 20-year-old female missing after a boat became lodged Sunday in the Dresden Dam just east of Morris on the Illinois River.

The search went on for about three and a half hours, Morris Fire Chief Tracey Steffes said, but crews did not find her.

"We're hoping with water receding it will be easier on the rescue team," Deputy Chief Bob Wills said.

The water from flooding has started to recede along the banks and the current has slowed down, although still stronger than non-flood stage, Steffes said.

The Mutual Aid Box Alarm System Division 15 is scheduled to meet again Wednesday morning to check the banks both upstream and downstream.

"We'll start again tomorrow morning and it will be at least a five-hour day if we don't find her sooner," Wills said. "We will start downstream and work our way back upstream."

The previous searches have all been focused upstream from Stratton Park in Morris.

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