A boater found the remains of Averin Scott in the Snake River Sunday evening, 10 days after he was reported missing.

Scott went missing from his house on S. Highway 89 on July 3 and besides his shoe being found near the water, police had no other solid leads regarding his disappearance.

A private boater spotted something in the river near the Flying Saddle Resort on Sunday around 4:30 and called police, Lincoln County Sheriff Shane Johnson said.

"The boater stayed there until search and rescue could get there," Johnson said.

Star Valley Search and Rescue pulled Scott's body from the water closer to 6 p.m. Sunday.

"The coroner got called out to take care of that and be in touch with the other agencies to notify families," Johnson said. "They had a clothing description on scene."

Crews had been out almost every day Since July 4 searching for Scott on the Snake River and the banks of the river.

"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.

The family confirmed it was Scott via text to the Jackson Hole News&Guide Monday morning.

"It is tough but not knowing and not having some closure is really tough," Johnson said.

Scott was found about 25 miles south of where he likely fell in the river, officials said.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and emergency news. She also leads the News&Guide’s investigative efforts. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

(4) comments

Earl Tulley

Reverence and another sleepless night, void filled with reflections of days past, present dawn filled with falling tears from friends, family and strangers wanting a young mans return. Many feel as such, days and nights will be long and silent, food has no taste, ticks of the clock are constant and soul piercing. My reflection is seeing grandson dressed in full dancing regalia and proud as ever with a chiselled smile . . . grand entry with those who have journeyed on. Graditude to all who assisted with search, and shared theie prayers we are all family of the five finger clan ... there is no death only a change of world ... water is life.

Carissa Carter

Averin's family - I am so sorry for your loss. I'm so upset. I live in New Zealand and was in this area in May on vacation. I have been following this story everyday and hoping for a miracle. I am glad he has been found. Thank you to all the searchers and your dedication. Such a beautiful boy. Love to the family.

G W Polis

God bless this family at this tragic time. The dedication they have shown trying to find this young man has shown the love and devotion they have in their family. Please accept my sincere sympathy.

Jennifer Weydeveld

Love and prayers to this beautiful young man's family at this very sad time.

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