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UPDATE: Cliff Jumping Accident Body Found 

UPDATE: Cliff Jumping Accident Body Found 
October 14
15:00 2015

UPDATE 10/14/15 3:05 p.m. Sonar Scanner small pic

Today at 9:37 a.m., the 6-day search for missing 29-year old Billy Burke of Jackson Hole, Wyoming concluded when his body was spotted at a depth of 153 feet in Lake Powell.

Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Lake Patrol Division discovered the body using an underwater Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV).  Billy’s body was discovered at the base of a cliff in the Coconino County portion of Face Canyon where friends reported that he entered the water in the afternoon of Friday October 9 after attempting a cliff jump of approximately 90 feet.

The ROV deployed by Maricopa County is over 60% smaller and more agile for navigating the rugged underwater terrain in the search area than the ROV used on previous search days.  This ROV was able to approach the cliff walls without stirring up as much sediment, which allowed for improved viewing of the area.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Acting Superintendent Lindy Mihata extends thanks to Coconino County Sheriff’s Office, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and Utah State Parks for contributing to this successful search and underwater recovery effort.

The search was coordinated by Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, while the investigation is being coordinated by Coconino County Sheriff’s Detectives.  At this point in the investigation, investigators do not believe that foul play was involved, and that this was an unfortunate accident.

Since the year 2000, six cliff jumping deaths have occurred in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

 

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UPDATE 10/12/15  3:10 p.m.

PAGE, AZ –The victim of a cliff jumping accident in Face Canyon on Lake Powell, who was reported missing on the afternoon on Friday, October 9, has been identified as 29-year-old William “Billy” Burke of Jackson, Wyoming.

 

Bill Burke

William “Billy” Burke

The National Park Service and Coconino County Sheriff’s Office continue to search rugged terrain in water more than 150 feet deep using a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV).  Search efforts are focused around the area where friends observed Billy enter the water after attempting a cliff jump of approximately 90 feet.

 

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PAGE, AZ – On the afternoon of October 9, 2015 National Park Service Glen Canyon Dispatch received a report of a cliff jumping accident in the Coconino County portion of Face Canyon on Lake Powell.  A 28 year old male visitor from Jackson Wyoming was reportedly attempting a cliff jump of approximately 90 feet. Witnesses stated that after entering the water he did not resurface.

Bystanders immediately searched, but were unable to locate him. The National Park Service, Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and Utah State Parks responded to the scene and searched the area.

Due to the water depth in excess of 150 feet, a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was dispatched to the area. Search efforts continued through the evening hours of October 9 and extended to the following day. The interagency search continues with vessels, a dive team, ROV specialists, and law enforcement.

The incident is currently under investigation by the National Park Service and Coconino County Sheriff’s Office.

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