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Update: Search for missing Hanford High senior resumes Thursday

Searching Yakima River for missing teen

Columbia Basin Dive Rescue team searches the Yakima River for missing Hanford High School senior near the Highway 240 bridges in Richland.
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Columbia Basin Dive Rescue team searches the Yakima River for missing Hanford High School senior near the Highway 240 bridges in Richland.

The search for a Hanford High senior who jumped into the Yakima River on Memorial Day is expected to resume Thursday.

Dmetri Kennedy-Woody, 18, was among four people who reportedly jumped from the railroad bridge above the Yakima River near Highway 240 on Memorial Day.

The other three who jumped near the confluence of the Yakima and Columbia rivers made it to the shore.

Columbia Basin Dive Rescue divers searched underwater in the morning Wednesday and then along the surface until early evening.

"The water is dark and treacherous," said Rusty Bell, the organization's operations director.

Trees and old wire fences form obstacles under the water. The river is high and muddy, leaving divers to search by feel underwater, he said.

Columbia Basin Dive Rescue plans to be back on the river Thursday morning.

Allen Water Rescue Services was also in the water Wednesday searching, as the teen's family and friends waited nearby.

Students and friends attended a vigil Tuesday night for the teen who would have graduated next week.

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