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Crews search for couple missing after camping trip at Strawberry River

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STRAWBERRY RESERVOIR — Crews are searching for a couple who were last heard from Sunday, when they told family members they were going camping with their dog at Strawberry Reservoir.

Officials say they fear the worst.

On Thursday night, the 26-year-old woman's father called 911 and said he hadn't heard from her or her 24-year-old boyfriend. They were expected back from the lake by Tuesday evening, said Wasatch County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Jared Rigby.

The woman is from Salt Lake County and her boyfriend is from Minnesota. Their names were not immediately released pending notification of family members.

On Thursday night, search and rescue crews found the couple's vehicle near the reservoir, Rigby said.

A search and rescue team searched in a helicopter Friday morning and spotted the couple's canoe overturned on an island, according to the chief deputy, but found no sign of the couple.

Searchers also found the dog alive. It was wearing a life jacket, Rigby said.

He said when wind picks up on the reservoir, waves can swell to 3 or 4 feet "without a lot of notice."

Crews were meeting Friday evening at the Chicken Creek west parking area to resume the search, Rigby said, and other law enforcement agencies will aid in the search Saturday.

On Saturday, searchers will look for the couple in the water using sonar gear.

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