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Deputies find body of missing fisherman in Snake River - Ada County Sheriff

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Deputies find body of missing fisherman in Snake River

Members of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office dive team have located the body of a fisherman who fell into the Snake River river early Sunday morning.

Dive team members spent most of Sunday and Tuesday searching the water before locating the man just after 3 p.m. Tuesday.

It appears the 42-year-old Aaron James Link fell off the end of a dock and into the water sometime around 1 a.m. Sunday. Some other people who were camping in the area called 911 just before 1:30 a.m. to report they heard the sound of somebody struggling and yelling for help in the river, but it was too dark to see where he was.

The campers started moving along the riverbank to try and find the man. Deputies arrived moments later and helped with the search.

That is around the time deputies found fishing supplies – including a fishing pole, tackle box, and other items on the end of a dock by the dam – but no one was around.

Deputies then found another man, who appeared to have been asleep, in a truck nearby. He told deputies he was taking a short nap while his friend — Aaron Link — continued to fish off the end of the dock. They then figured out Link fell into the river.

An extensive area search involving ACSO deputies, an air ambulance helicopter, the Boise Fire Department Dive Team, Kuna Fire, and other campers nearby was done that morning but they were unable to find any sign of Link.

Ada County Coroner’s officials publicly identified Aaron Link as the missing fisherman Wednesday afternoon. They determined the course of death was drowning and the manner of death an accident.