After nearly two weeks of extensive searches yielding no success, the Idaho Falls Police Department released on Monday the name and picture of a Pocatello woman who reportedly fell into the Snake River in Idaho Falls and vanished.
Walker Thomas, 23, of Pocatello, called the Idaho Falls Police Dispatch on May 9 at approximately 11:40 p.m. to report that his wife, Kayla Davis, 23, also of Pocatello, had allegedly slipped on some driftwood and fell into the Snake River.
The report said she fell on the south side of the Broadway Bridge near the Marriott Hotel, according to a statement released by Idaho Falls Police Department Public Information Officer Holly Cook.
Cook told the Journal on Monday that Thomas has been “very cooperative” with police, who have also spoken to members of Davis’ family.
“Police detectives have had a few discussions with the husband and family,” Cook said. “It’s really hard at this point to say what did or didn’t happen but we are not discounting any theories or possibilities right now.”
Davis is approximately 5-feet, 8-inches tall, has blonde hair, green eyes and sometimes wears glasses. She married Thomas earlier this year and had recently relocated to Idaho Falls, Cook said in the written statement.
The Idaho Falls Police Department, Fire Department and Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team responded immediately and began searching the area, said Cook, adding that extensive searches have continued every day since the report was first filed.
Tuesday marks the 13th day the Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team has searched the water using jet skis and a boat equipped with sonar equipment. On May 10, the Idaho Falls Police Department deployed the first official test flight of the department’s unmanned aircraft system pilot program, also known as a drone.
Police in Idaho Falls also sought and received an Emergency Certificate of Authorization from the FAA, which allowed the police department to fly the drone for the purpose of the search only and for a period of two hours.
The drone flight turned up nothing.
Sheriff’s office deputies and the Search and Rescue team have also searched the land area around the river since last week, and Idaho Falls Power is searching the grates in the water as well, hoping to find any evidence of Davis.
In addition to searches, Idaho Falls police detectives have continued searching for any witnesses who may have seen the couple at the river that night, which includes reviewing video footage from surrounding businesses and looking for any other possible leads.
Cook said there are cameras along the river that provide live video feeds but many are not set up to record.
“So far, nothing substantial has given them any clues,” the release said. “The incident is an open investigation.”
Detectives are asking anyone who may have seen the couple at the river that night, or if anyone has seen Davis since, to please contact IFPD immediately at 208-529-1200.