Sheriff Deputy missing

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Posted: Thursday, July 28, 2011 9:45 pm

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.

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  • bab posted at 2:25 pm on Sat, Jul 30, 2011.

    bab Posts: 2

    Our prayers are with Bryan and his family.

  • G Fero posted at 9:19 am on Sat, Jul 30, 2011.

    G Fero Posts: 2

    Erik--good to hear from you! Glad to know you're with us on this one. If you were still here, you'd probably be out reporting on this right now--the river if flowing pretty fast still and pretty full but we can still pray that he will be found hanging on somewhere. Bryan has a trained dog he keeps with him named Gus. He just had him in our office last week and what a cool dog. You could see the companionship between them--Again...still praying and glad to see you're still keeping in touch :) Gina

  • ErikinPhilly posted at 5:20 am on Sat, Jul 30, 2011.

    ErikinPhilly Posts: 1

    For those of you that might remember my brief stint there a few years back, you may remember that I wasn't much of the praying type. But I am going to have to reverse this stance, and pray for Deputy Gross and his family, and hope that I don't have to see Douglas in the national news this way again. It is too good a place.

  • G Fero posted at 12:13 pm on Fri, Jul 29, 2011.

    G Fero Posts: 2

    hard not to be out there helping--thanks to those that are there--and yes--hoping by some chance--we get good news---

  • rswanson posted at 11:54 am on Fri, Jul 29, 2011.

    rswanson Posts: 1

    Our hopes and prayers go out to Deputy Gross and his family as well as our community and those who aid in the search and rescue.

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