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Assistant soccer coach and father is missing in Idaho

The search continued Tuesday to find Olympia resident Austin Kelley, 26, who was reported missing on Sunday after he was swept down the Salmon River in Idaho, his mother, Cortney Kelley, said.

He was reported missing near Riggins, Idaho, about 150 miles north of Boise.

Kelley, an Olympia High School and Saint Martin’s University graduate, had gone to Idaho for a gathering for a friend who was about to get married, she said.

Kelley and others had gone fishing, she said, when they decided to swim across the river to some hot springs. Cortney Kelley received a call Sunday morning that he was missing, she said.

The Idaho County Sheriff’s Office issued a news release that said Kelley was not wearing a life jacket and his friends attempted to rescue him but were unsuccessful. Idaho County Sheriff’s search and rescue, family and friends continue to search for Kelley, according to the news release.

“They are working hard to locate him and bring him home,” his mother said Tuesday. “We’re just praying for a miracle that he is found safe and alive.”

A “Bring Austin Home” vigil for Kelley is set for 8 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 7) at Ingersoll Stadium on the Olympia High School campus, where Kelley played soccer as a student and where he works as an assistant coach for the boy’s soccer team, head coach Ty Johnson said.

Johnson and Kelley are civil engineers who work for the Olympia office of HDR Inc. Kelley is married and has an infant.

In support of Kelley’s love for the game, those who plan to attend the Wednesday’s vigil are asked to wear soccer attire, Johnson said.

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