Search for missing woman in Willamette River suspended


The woman went underwater Saturday, August 31

A woman disappeared while floating with her friends on the Willamette River near Buena Vista Park after their floats hit a root ball snag, Aug. 31, 2019. (Polk County Sheriff’s Office)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Search teams had to end their efforts to find a woman who went missing in the Willamette River on Saturday.

The Polk County Sherriff’s Office said 37-year-old Tracy Allen of Vancouver, Washington, and her friends overturned after running into the root ball of a tree.

Officials said Allen was wearing a life jacket but may have gotten snagged on debris and held underwater in the heavy current.

Allen went underwater Saturday afternoon and the search resumed early Sunday, but she has not been found. Divers had to end their search Sunday evening due to hazardous conditions.

Allen’s friends were able to get to shallow water and scramble to shore on Wells Island.

Two other women floating behind the trio unhooked their tubes before reaching the snag and made their way ashore.

Officials are using an overhead drone, side-scan sonar, underwater camera and a helicopter for the search.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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