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Second body recovered from dam
Sep 6, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
Search and rescue crews recovered the body of 18-year-old Theron Quiver, of Ethete, from Washakie Dam at about 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Quiver was one of two people who had been the subjects of a search and rescue mission that was initiated at about 4:30 p.m. Monday. On Tuesday, Fremont County rescue workers recovered the body of Chelsea Friday, 22, of Ethete, from the dam, which sits about nine miles west of Fort Washakie. According to preliminary autopsy results, Coroner Ed McAuslan said Friday's death was due to drowning.
McAuslan said Friday and Quiver had been swimming at the dam with friends, who called police to report that the two had disappeared below the water's surface and had possibly drowned.
"We received a report of two swimmers in the reservoir that went down and didn't come up," McAuslan said Wednesday. "They were just swimming out in the lake with some other people."
McAuslan did not know whether alcohol was involved in the incident, but he said nothing about the deaths appears suspicious. Complete autopsy results for Friday will be released in four to six weeks.
Quiver's body was scheduled for an autopsy at 1 p.m. Thursday in Loveland, Colo. McAuslan said the man's body was found in the water at the base of the dam, while Friday was discovered in the same vicinity but a little further from the dam.
McAuslan thanked everyone who helped in the search, including members of Sweetwater County Search and Rescue, who arrived in Fremont County this week with backup equipment and divers.
"It was actually their divers that found Theron," McAuslan said. "They used the equipment, but it was actually the divers in the search that found him."
The Bureau of Indian Affairs, Fremont County Sheriff's Office and Fremont County Search and Rescue all participated in the effort, and McAuslan said the Wind River Casino provided food and water for emergency responders.