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Family, friends search for Kuna man after vehicle plunges into Payette River

Family and friends believe Jerry Coburn, 44, of Kuna is the driver mentioned in a Boise County Sheriff's Office news release of a possible vehicle that went into the Payette River Sunday. (Courtesy photo + Google Earth)

Family and friends are searching for a missing man who's vehicle plunged into the Payette River on Sunday.

Family and friends believe Jerry Coburn, 43, of Kuna is the driver mentioned in a Boise County Sheriff's Office news release of a possible vehicle that went into the Payette River Sunday.

Brandy Lee, Coburn's sister-in-law, told KBOI 2News that Coburn left his Kuna home at about 8 a.m. to go fishing at Horsethief Reservoir. After he failed to return home at about 9:30 p.m., family left the home and drove up to the reservoir and searched area campgrounds with no luck.

Friends say witnesses saw Jerry managed to get out of his blue Ford pickup and get on top of the roof of the vehicle while a bystander tried unsuccessfully to toss him a rescue rope.

"He swam back to the truck and they attempted to rescue him by throwing a rope," a friend wrote on Facebook. "He couldn't reach it and the truck and he were swept away past Gardena bridge. He could be anywhere."

The Boise County Sheriff's Office issued a news release on Monday about the incident asking for the public's assistance. Despite searching for several hours, deputies say they were unable to find any victims or the pickup truck.

"The family is holding it together, but they're not good," Lee said. "They don't know what to do next."

Volunteers have offered to fly planes and drones to search for Coburn or the truck, and a GoFundMe has also been set up to help aid the search.

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