The search along the Snake River near Burbank continues almost a week after a Finley teen presumably drowned when the boat he was in sank.
Walla Walla County Sheriff John Turner said a side-scanning sonar boat and Columbia Basin Dive Rescue were back on the river Friday in Hood Park continuing their search for Timmy Bowden, but didn't find the 14-year-old.
The sheriff's office also expects to have its search and rescue team out today to conduct a broader search of the area.
Turner said the sheriff's office is committed to continue searching for Timmy and welcomes help from any citizen who also wants to look for the teen.
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"They're encouraged to be safe and they're encouraged to use their best judgment," he said Friday. "They're welcome to use the river in any lawful manner."
Formal searches need to be under the guidance of the sheriff's office, Turner said. But, private searches are not prohibited, he said.
"If they want to dive there on their own as private citizens, they can. If people want to go on their boats, they can go on their boats," he said.
"They can search the shoreline on their own. We're not discouraging that, we're encouraging that."
Turner said people should be safe if they decide to go out to look for Timmy and be careful not to disturb anything that may be connected to the presumed drowning.
Timmy was last seen late June 23 when the 16-foot johnboat he was in with four others reportedly sank just after they pulled away from the Hood Park boat launch. Everyone made it back to shore except Timmy.
The boat was found about 25 feet away from the boat launch. It is still underwater in the same location, Undersheriff Eddie Freyer said. The sheriff's office is planning to pull the boat out of the water Tuesday, he said.