Published On: Sun, Oct 29th, 2017

Idaho missing student Cayla Danenberg identified as body found at Salmon River

A body found in the Salmon River in west-central Idaho has been identified as a woman who went missing in the spring of 2016 after a car she was riding in crashed into the river.

The Idaho County coroner on Friday identified Cayla Danenberg of Nampa as the body found Monday by hunters on the bank of the river, Monday afternoon near the bridge at the junction of Rice Creek and Grave Creek roads.

Dananberg, 21, was identified using dental records.

Coroner Cody Funke says Dr. Richard Fixott, DDS, a forensic odontologist based in Redmond, Oregon, was able to positively identify the remains as Danenberg through dental records

The car crash in May 2016 was around five miles north of Riggins, about six miles north of the town of Lucille, and also resulted in the death of Tiffany Maupin of Nampa.  Maupin, 21, was found dead about six miles downstream several weeks after the crash on May 28, 2016.

Funke says the family has been notified and hopefully this “gives them some closure.”

Tiffany Maupin and Cayla Danenberg photo courtesy of Idaho Country Sheriff’s Office

The two friends were driving to the University of Idaho when their car went off U.S. Highway 95 and into the river where it became submerged in fast water.

A tragic response to the news came in May 2016 via GoFundMe by Cayla’s Mom:

Hi, my name is Robin Danenberg. On the night of May 17th, a police officer ( J. L. Webb #6o6), came to my door, (I immediately thought I did something wrong, so I asked him what I did) and asked me if I had a daughter named Cayla Danenberg. I had no idea what saying yes would do to my life, I, of course, said yes. He then told me my daughter had a car accident. I just really felt light-headed, like I would pass out. I asked if she was dead, (I felt as if she were). The officer told me he doesn’t know because they are unable to find the car.

I stood there in disbelief. We have waited for what feels like an eternity to find out where her body is. I have never felt so helpless. My husband died 3 years and six days before, (on Mother’s Day of 2013). The wait for some kind of news about my daughter has almost been unbearable .My daughter had plans to move back to the Treasure Valley in just two weeks, (they were going back up to Moscow to finish their two weeks that they had given their employer). She had a job all lined up, an apartment, and she was going to finish college at BSU. The funds raised would help me with the funeral I plan on having, (when they find her), as I am not working, I am on disability. The outcry of support has been greatly appreciated. I can’t believe how many people have come together in support of me. Iam forever grateful. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  I need to raise the money so I can give her a proper farewell.   Robin M. Danenberg

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