ONTARIO – A 42-year-old man from Ontario was identified by the Ada County Coroner as the person found by a dive team while fishing on the Snake River in Ada County.
The Ada County Coroner's office officially identified the man as Aaron James Link, whose cause of death is listed as drowning.
According to information on the website for the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, Link’s body was found at about 3 p.m. Tuesday, by the Sheriff’s Office dive team which spent most of Sunday and Tuesday searching the water.
The sheriff’s office states that a 911 call was made just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday when other people camping in the area reported hearing “the sound of somebody struggling and yelling for help in the river, but it was too dark to see where he was.”
The location where Link’s body was found, according to a news release from the coroner’s office, was about half a mile east of the Swan Falls Dam.
Campers and deputies were unable to find the man, however deputies did find fishing supplies, including a pole and tackle box, near a dock by the dam with no one around.
According to the information on the website, “deputies then found another man, who appeared to have been asleep, in a truck nearby.”
That man told deputies he was taking a short nap while Link continued to fish, and it was concluded that he eventually fell into the river.
“An extensive area search involving ACSO deputies, an air ambulance helicopter, the Boise Fire Department Dive Team, Kuna Fire, and other campers nearby was done that morning but they were unable to find any sign of the fisherman.”
While the coroner ruled the cause of death as an accident, the case remains under investigation by the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.