A boater found the body of Averin Scott in the Snake River on Sunday evening, 10 days after he was reported missing and about 25 miles south of where police think he fell in.
“We just want to thank everyone,” Scott’s sister Avalina Cisco said Monday, “from the sheriffs and the searchers and also victim services and everyone who has been out searching and just taking longer walks to look for him.”
Scott’s family is heartbroken. They had hoped for a better outcome.
Many of them drove here from Arizona to help search and spread the word.
“We’re heading out today,” Cisco said.
Scott, 21, disappeared from his house on S. Highway 89 late on July 3. Besides his shoe found near the water, police had no other solid leads regarding his disappearance.
Personnel with the Teton County Sheriff’s Office, Teton County Search and Rescue, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Star Valley Search and Rescue had been combing the river almost daily since Scott was reported missing.
The private boater spotted Scott’s body in the river at around 4:30 p.m. Sunday near the Flying Saddle Resort, just before the Alpine Bridge.
“The boater stayed there until search and rescue could get there,” Lincoln County Sheriff Shane Johnson told the Jackson Hole Daily.
They were certain it was Scott based on a description of his clothing when he disappeared, Johnson said.
Scott’s family members confirmed his identity to Lincoln County Coroner Dain Schwab.
Although a toxicology test won’t be complete for some time, Schwab thinks Scott died from drowning and believes it was an accident.
“There is no foul play suspected,” Schwab said.
Search crews took to the Snake River on July 4 and continued searching off and on for more than a week.
“Typically what we do in these situations, it isn’t as uncommon as we’d like to hope, search and rescue members and deputies will go take a look, or search and rescue members will look at places that are likely for the body to reappear,” Johnson said.
Services for Scott will be held in his home state of Arizona, his sister said.
Scott was living in Teton County with his uncle and cousins this summer, working at the Jackson Hole Express Lube and Carwash. He liked to fly-fish and participate in powwow dance competitions. His friends and family called him “Tigger.”
“It is tough, but not knowing and not having some closure is really tough,” Johnson said.
Scott was Barbara Cisco-Begay’s youngest child and the second son she has lost.
A fundraiser to help the family, which has raised a little over $8,000 of its $10,000 goal, can be found on GoFundMe.com by searching “Averin Scott.”