Caribou County sheriff’s officials have identified the missing Blackfoot man they believe may have drowned at the Blackfoot Reservoir on Monday.
They say Richard Lee Scherbel, 52, was reported missing around noon on Monday, after his family discovered his partially swamped boat. Family members described the man as an experienced and knowledgable boater and fisherman who often visited the Blackfoot Reservoir, sheriff’s officials said.
Caribou County sheriff’s deputies and divers searched the reservoir until dark on Monday, and resumed the search on Tuesday with the help of divers and search and rescue personnel from Bingham and Bear Lake counties. As of 8 p.m., they hadn’t found Scherbel, officials said.
Bingham County Sheriff Craig Rowland sent a couple of divers and a boat with side-scan sonar to the area, and he said they would continue to help with the search on Wednesday.
Scherbel is only presumed drowned at this time, but if confirmed, this would be the third such incident at the Blackfoot Reservoir, located north of Soda Springs, in recent months.