Search Suspended as Missing Walla Walla University Student is Feared Dead

Shari Booth, Photo: Courtesy of WWU
hari Booth, a Walla Walla University (WWU) freshman biology major from Brush Prairie, Washington, is feared dead after she was reported missing following a dive with her Advanced SCUBA class May 19. Searchers suspended recovery efforts two days later.

“Our campus is devastated by this news,” university president John McVay said. “We would ask an interest in your prayers on behalf of Shari’s mother, other family members, and her many friends here at Walla Walla University.”

Officials immediately initiated a search-and-rescue operation after receiving a report, employing several teams of divers, including the Coast Guard and the United States Navy, in the search.  Their efforts continued until nightfall on Monday, and resumed early Tuesday morning.

The dive took place in Rosario Bay, the location of WWU’s Rosario Beach Marine Laboratory near Anacortes, Washington.  The group had traveled to Rosario for a three-day diving trip.

On campus students, staff, and faculty gathered Monday and Tuesday evenings for prayer vigils in Conard Chapel. Counseling staff made themselves available to those needing their services.

Walla Walla University is a Seventh-day Adventist-owned institution headquartered in College Place, Washington.
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