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Body of Missing Deputy Found Four Days After Disappearance

Body of Missing Deputy Found Four Days After Disappearance

Associated Press

August 01, 2011

CONVERSE COUNTY, WY – The body of a Wyoming deputy who jumped in the North Platte River to assist a distressed girl was discovered Sunday.

It was the fourth day of searching for 29-year-old Bryan P. Gross, of the Converse County sheriff’s office, who was hailed as a hero for attempting to save a teenage girl who appeared to be struggling in the river Thursday evening. The girl survived, but Gross was swept away in the high-flowing North Platte River swollen by heavy snowmelt.

County Sheriff Clinton Becker said Gross’ body was found late Sunday morning in the river about a mile and a half from where Gross entered.

Searchers from several law enforcement agencies and civilian volunteers checked the banks of the river. Divers, dogs and a helicopter helped in the search. The sheriff did not describe how Gross was located.

“Anytime you go into the water like that, it’s heroic,” said Douglas Mayor Bruce Jones on Friday. “Of course to him, he’s probably just doing his job.”

Jones said the situation is hitting his town hard.

The girl entered the waterway near the Douglas Yellowstone Bridge, which joins both sides of Douglas, 50 miles east of Casper.

Gross went into the river from one side while several others swam in from the other, Undersheriff Don Schoenleber said.

Other emergency workers recovered the girl about a mile downstream Thursday evening and took her to a hospital. Schoenleber declined to identify the girl.

Steve Henning, Douglas city administrator, said the girl was 14 years old and was in town for a 4-H fair.

“She was distraught with her boyfriend, and she jumped in the river,” Henning said.

Gross worked as a Douglas police officer for a few years before recently joining the sheriff’s department.

Henning said Gross had worked at the police department as a drug officer, handling a trained dog. He added Gross had gotten married within the past month or so to a woman who worked as a receptionist for the city.

Searchers, including some using boats and aircraft including a military helicopter, worked the river by daylight, Schoenleber said. And deputies used lights to scan the water overnight to keep watch for Gross, while searchers walked the riverbank sometimes assisted by tracking dogs.

The North Platte River near Douglas is higher than normal following heavy snows last winter.

Deputy State Engineer Harry C. LaBonde said the river was running at 6,620 cubic feet per second Friday at a nearby gauging station, downstream from Douglas. He said the flow averaged only 2,110 cfs on the same date over the past 60 years.

“It’s higher than you would expect this time of year based on the water we’re having with all of the snow and the releases from all the federal reservoirs,” LaBonde said.

There have been several deaths in Wyoming this year associated with flooding and high water, including four members of a Colorado family killed earlier this month when a highway washed out in a heavy rainstorm.

President Barack Obama last week declared a major disaster in Wyoming because of spring and summer flooding. The declaration opened the way for the federal government to help the state pay for costs incurred from damaged roads, highways and other infrastructure.


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    VolunteerChaplain813

    almost 3 years ago

    62 Comments

    Rest in Peace Deputy Gross: It is not how these officers died that made them heroes it is how they lived. And yes thanks to God for heroes of the thin blue line. Amen.

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    Irishcop1961

    almost 3 years ago

    50484 Comments

    Rest in Peace Deputy Gross. Thank you for your service.

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    smkedvr73

    almost 3 years ago

    124 Comments

    RIP Brother. God Bless your family!

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    brockwaymj

    almost 3 years ago

    134 Comments

    RIP Deputy Gross you are a true hero and you saved a life. God Bless

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    Twisted_dispatcher

    almost 3 years ago

    2160 Comments

    Double Bump Robocop! RIP Deputy Gross... You are a TRUE HERO!

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    Whalewatcher

    almost 3 years ago

    11194 Comments

    Bump Robocop33, in spades !!!!!

  • shadow_officer

    almost 3 years ago

    8572 Comments

    RIP

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    batman2944

    almost 3 years ago

    738 Comments

    Very tragic! But this LEO did his job without hesitation and thus is a TRUE HERO! I guess I'm overly-sensitive tonight but, a 14 year-old "distraught over her boyfriend jumped in the river"??? Sigh.....Rest in Peace Deputy Gross and God Bless!

    "Train for the Fight"

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    uncledennis1

    almost 3 years ago

    23296 Comments

    This is a follow up on the child who had a spat with her boyfriend and jumped in the water. To bad she cannot be held accountable. robocop33 ditto.

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    darsavmo

    almost 3 years ago

    11356 Comments

    A true hero who made the ultimate sacrifice in trying to save another. RIP...

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    bsears

    almost 3 years ago

    9586 Comments

    RIP

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    Robocop33

    almost 3 years ago

    14618 Comments

    I am very glad that they were able to locate Deputy Gross' body. This man lost his life trying to save this little girl. I hope she realizes her little drama queen act killed this wonderful man.

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    abridges_2506

    almost 3 years ago

    136 Comments

    This is another example of what WE strive to be everyday. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You have left an amazing legacy. RIP

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    ezimmerman80

    almost 3 years ago

    44 Comments

    Rest In Peace Deputy Gross. May God comfort those affected by this loss.

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    Anonymous

    almost 3 years ago

    RIP

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