Search crews find body of teen who fell into Elk Creek Falls

ELK RIVER, Idaho - The Clearwater County Sheriff's Office located the body of a missing hiker Wednesday night. 

Search teams began looking for the 16-year-old Sunday afternoon, when his friends reported he lost his footing and slipped into Elk Creek Falls. The group had been hiking near the top of the middle falls. Friends lost site of the teenager after he went into the water. 

Search crews worked throughout the day Sunday but were not able to find the boy. On Monday, divers searched the 23-foot deep pool below the middle falls and crews flew a drone over the area, but still did not find him.

Tuesday, Idaho's Department of Fish and Game began reducing the flow of Elk Creek so crews could better search the falls. Wednesday, crews said the water levels finally dropped low enough for them to see the boy's body in a pool of water behind the falls, which was not visible before. 

A crew member rappelled down the falls late Wednesday but was unable to recover the body, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff's Office. Recovery efforts began again Thursday morning. 

The teenager has been identified as Luis Diaz. He was Bovill and attended Deary High School.