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The body found by kayakers in the Boise River Thursday was identified as the 19-year-old Nampa teenager who went missing in June. 

Ezekiel Vargas had been missing since June 5 after last being seen in the Boise River. He and friends had been jumping off Star Bridge when he was reportedly swept under the water. Canyon County dispatch received a call at 3 p.m. Thursday of a dead person on the Boise River. The body was found a half-mile west of the Lansing Lane river access area. 

That body, which was found approximately 10 to 12 miles downstream from the Star Bridge, was determined to be Vargas', said Steve Rhodes, Canyon County chief deputy coroner. Vargas' death was ruled a drowning.

Earlier in June, water levels in the river dropped low enough for deputies to search by boat and by snorkeling. On June 7, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dropped water levels to make it easier for deputies to search the river, but that effort, too, proved fruitless.


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