Posted: Jul 29, 2011 7:14 PM by Gene Cotton
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - An official says the deputy who disappeared after swimming into a swollen eastern Wyoming river was trying save a girl who had jumped in because she was upset with her boyfriend.
The search continues for the 29-year-old Converse County deputy, Bryan Gross, a newlywed.
Undersheriff Don Schoenleber says Gross and several others swam into the North Platte River in the town of Douglas at about 5 p.m. Thursday.
They were trying to help a girl who had jumped in near a bridge. Other emergency workers recovered the girl about a mile downstream and took her to a hospital.
Schoenleber declined to identify the girl.
Douglas city administrator Steve Henning says the girl was 14 years old and was in town for a 4-H fair. He says she jumped in the river because she was "distraught with her boyfriend."