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Home National & State Parks Yosemite Rangers Recover Body of Missing Yosemite Boy from Merced River

Rangers Recover Body of Missing Yosemite Boy from Merced River

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After eight days of searching, Yosemite National Park rangers recovered the body of six-year-old Jacob Adams on Aug. 23, 2012 roughly 50 yards downstream from the Vernal Fall Footbridge where he and his brother, Andres, had been swept away by the Merced River.

vernal_fall2b"The body was under water," said park spokesperson Kari Kobb. "We had several days of rain, which increased the water level. We haven't had rain over the last couple of days, so water levels were able to go down. It exposed the area, so rangers finally were able to see the body."

Kobb said ranger search and rescue teams had gone through the area multiple times.

"We had about 25 rangers out searching," she said. "He was found early this morning, and the body was recovered around noon."

The body was taken to the Mariposa County Sheriff's Department where the county coroner will do an autopsy. The body will later be returned to the family.

Jacob and his brother had been playing in the Merced River near the Vernal Falls Footbridge when they were swept away by the current.

Andreas Adams was pulled from the river by a park visitor approximately 150 yards below the footbridge.

The visitor, along with National Park rangers, performed CPR, but resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful. An intensive search began immediately for Jacob.

To see our earlier report, click here.

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