Search for Averin Scott

Teton County Search and Rescue volunteers use a jet boat to navigate flotillas of Fourth of July revelers Thursday while searching the Snake River for missing 21-year-old man Averin Scott, who was last seen along the river near Horse Creek on Wednesday night.

A multi-agency search for 21-year-old Averin Scott resumed all day Friday and will continue throughout the weekend.

Teton County Search and Rescue has been looking for Scott since Thursday, when his disappearance was reported.

Lincoln County agencies have since joined the effort on their stretch of the Snake River, Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr said.

Rescue teams are out in jet boats searching from the Snake River KOA all the way down to the Palisades Reservoir.

“We have crews searching the banks of the river too,” Carr said.

Scott was last seen around midnight Wednesday near the edge of the river and hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Scott’s shoe was found near the river. and his keys and phone were at his house, officials said.

No additional clothing or evidence has been located since Thursday, Carr said.

Rescuers spent the Fourth of July searching the river, which they said was tricky because of all the holiday river traffic.

Scott, of northern Arizona, is living in Teton County for the summer, Teton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Clay Platt said.

“He has some extended family here,” Platt said. “He’s been working at an oil change and car wash business in town.”

Scott’s family has been working with law enforcement to try and locate their loved one.

“They extend their thanks to the community for all the support,” Carr said.

Scott was last seen wearing a black and gray jacket and black pants. He’s 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighs about 150 pounds and has long black hair.

Search crews were returning Friday evening to do another ground search of the area between the Snake River and the highway in the 9000 block of South Highway 89.

Police don’t believe Scott’s disappearance was a result of suspicious circumstances and are still treating it as a missing person case.

If you have any information about Scott’s whereabouts or if you see him you’re asked to call police or dispatch at 733-2331.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and breaking news. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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