Search suspended for woman missing in Smith River
Monday, May 23, 2011
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- Meagher (mar) County officials say dangerous water conditions have led them to temporarily suspend the search for a 68-year-old Yakima, Wash., woman who went missing when her boat capsized on the Smith River last week.
Mary Patricia Plochowietz and her husband, Roy, were floating the popular river on May 16 when their boat hit a log and overturned about seven miles downstream from Camp Baker, where they had launched boat.
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials closed the Smith River on Sunday when high runoff made it too dangerous to float.
The Great Falls Tribune reports the search will resume once the river reaches safer levels.
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports the couple owns Hy's Mini Mart in Yakima, but family members say they have been spending more time at their residence in Stevensville.