ESTACADA, Ore. -- The father of a 6-year-old girl swept into the Clackamas River Jan. 22 thanked volunteers and officials Sunday who spent hours searching for Vinesa Snegur, whose body was found Saturday.
Vinesa, of Portland, fell into the river about 30 miles east of Estacada. A volunteer located her body Saturday afternoon about four miles downstream. The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and recovered her remains soon afterward.
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More than two dozen search and rescue groups were involved in the search. Her father met with them to show his gratitude Sunday.
"We have at least some relief in our hearts but it's still very, very difficult to be in this situation," Igor Snegur said, with his wife by his side. "My best wishes to all of you who participated in this search. May God bless you and your families."
Her body was first found by a member of an outdoor sports group called Atlantis.
"It is believed Vinesa’s body had been previously trapped underwater, further upstream, and was recently dislodged by the high water levels," said Sgt. James Rhodes of the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.
"She had been playing in the snow with her family when she fell into the frigid water and was swept downstream," Rhodes said last Sunday.
Crews searched for her from that night until the effort was suspended Tuesday. Water conditions had become too dangerous to send searchers into the river, Rhodes said.
KGW Reporter Cathy Marshall contributed to this report