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Chopper Crashes During Search for Missing Woman

Chopper Crashes During Search for Missing Woman



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Whit Johnson ReportingThe search for a missing woman in Uintah County took a terrible turn today when a rescue helicopter crashed into the Green River.

Both men in that helicopter are in critical condition tonight, and there's still no sign of the missing woman.

Chopper Crashes During Search for Missing Woman

The helicopter went down near Jensen, Utah.

Authorities think that's where the missing woman, 25-year-old Kimberly Turney, crashed her car last Friday. Her car has been found, but she hasn't.

The Uintah County Sheriff's office is eager to move forward in the search for Turney. But they'll do it now with heavy hearts as one of their detectives recovers at LDS Hospital from what we understand are very, very serious injuries.

In the meantime, friends and family of Kimberly Turney will go to bed tonight yet again searching for answers.

What started as a search for the missing 25-year-old turned into a rescue effort for two men in a helicopter submerged in the Green River.

Martin Drilling owns the helicopter. It was involved in the search for Turney when it hit some power lines.

On board were the pilot, Brian Grayson, from Reno, Nevada, and detective Kevin Orr of the Uintah County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Keith Campbell/ Uintah County Sheriff's Office: "Obviously devastating to have one of your own be involved in something like this. But at the same time, we have to continue."

Life Flight took the two men to Salt Lake area hospitals.

Chopper Crashes During Search for Missing Woman

Meanwhile, friends and family of Kimberly Turney wait anxiously for good news.

Chopper Crashes During Search for Missing Woman

Niki Redmond/ Friend of Kimberly Turney: "We did everything together. I miss her. I want her to come home."

Turney has two young boys, and hasn't been seen or heard from since last Friday.

Niki Redmond/ Friend of Kimberly Turney: "Kim loved her kids. I can't imagine her leaving. Maybe if she was going to leave for a day or two, but not this long without calling a friend or family member. She's not the type that just runs off and does stuff by herself."

Friends and family of Kimberly Turney think something went wrong. They think something bad happened to her.

But the Uintah County Sheriff's office says they have no reason to believe at this time that there was any foul play. But they are continuing the investigation, looking for answers, and trying to figure out just how that helicopter hit those power lines.

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