Recovery Underway for Missing Swimmer

By: James Steiner
By: James Steiner

Rescue workers from several agencies including Reno Fire and Washoe County Search and Rescue have declared the search for 20-year-old Edward Wilt to be a recovery effort.

Due to water temperatures in the 50s and rapid currents, they say they have reason to believe that Wilt has drowned. Crews have combed the shorelines with rafts, and deputies have even traveled by air, searching for any signs of his body.

Rescue workers say Wilt and some friends were in the Painted Rock area east of Reno when he decided to jump off a small cliff into the chilly waters. Witnesses say he never resurfaced.

Authorities say Wilt could have floated all the way to Pyramid Lake, which would make the search area several miles.

Recovery efforts will continue Wednesday morning at 9 a.m., as Washoe County plans to bring in cadaver dogs from California, which are trained to recognize the scent of human bodies.

If the waters are safe enough, divers will continue to search as well.

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