A 14-year-old boy presumed drowned Sunday was on a boat that sank soon after it was launched on the Snake River, said a family member.
Tayly Stegen, 22, of Burbank, said her brother, Timmy Bowden, was with their father, James Bowden, her boyfriend Verland Gaskill and two family friends when they launched from Hood Park.
Stegen was not at the park at the time, she said, but pointed out the boat was small and had too many passengers.
“They pulled out of the dock, and it went under,” she said.
Law enforcement searched the river much of Sunday but weren’t expected to be out again searching until Tuesday.
Stegen said she was frustrated law enforcement was not searching for her brother, a Finley resident, on Monday. She said she believes he’s still alive.
“He’s so strong,” Stegen said. “He’s too strong for him to not make it to shore. He worked out all the time.”