A Converse County Sheriff’s deputy has gone missing in the North Platte River after responding to an emergency call placed earlier today regarding a young girl who was being swept away in the fast-flowing river.
Deputy Bryan Gross, 29, entered the river at the bank near Yellowstone Hwy. at approximately 5 p.m. July 28 to assist a civilian who was already in the water attempting to rescue the girl. Some concern was raised after the deputy failed to report in once the girl had been rescued near the West Richards bridge, and a search party was quickly organized to locate him.
After more than six hours of searching with dogs, atvs, personal watercraft, boats, and airplane, the deputy was still unaccounted for.
"He is one of our own," said Undersheriff Don Schoenleber. "Tomorrow we will have aircraft from Frances E. Warren Airforce Base (to help look for him)."
The search resumed at 6 a.m. Friday morning and was still going as of 11:30 a.m.
Two local teens, Keith Thompson, 19, and Lane Morgan, 16, and Douglas Police Officer Jeremiah Owens helped to rescue the young girl from the river. She was taken to Memorial Hospital of Converse County for treatment.