Search crews were out this past weekend in the Susquehanna River near Falls looking for Haley Lorenzen, the woman who went missing Dec. 30.
She was believed to have been killed by her boyfriend, Phillip Walters, 31, of Mill City, after a woman came forward and told authorities she helped Walters throw the body off the Falls river bridge.
Tunkhannock Township Police Chief Ed Morristell admitted Monday night that the river conditions were not ideal, but the resolve to find the 24-year-old who moved to Mill City from Oregon in November is high.
“We were out from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, with cadaver dogs,” Morristell said, adding that three of them rode on water craft and two of them walked the river’s shoreline.
He said that on Sunday the search was joined by a fire/rescue team from Ryan Township in Schuylkill County which had a submersible remote control with live video, along with sonar.
“With the ice melt, there is still a considerable amount of sediment that seems to get in the way of visibility,” Lake Winola Fire Chief Gene Dziak said. “We’re going to keep looking until we find her.”
Members of the Lake Winola company were contemplating going out Monday evening on an air boat, but an afternoon shed fire on Old Mill Road in Wyoming County depleted the company’s resources.
“Conditions have got to be right, and the water is often too iffy,” Dziak said. “We’ll get back out there as soon as it’s safe, and we can assemble a crew.”
Chief Morristell said he has texted members of Lorenzen’s family each day the crews go out “so they know she remains foremost in our minds.”
Walters remains locked up in the Wyoming County jail in Tunkhannock.