Posted: Aug 7, 2012 7:36 AM by Q2 News
Updated: Aug 7, 2012 7:36 AM
Members of the Park County Search and Rescue team and other volunteers were able to locate the body of 9 year old Tyler Hatch on Sunday.
Hatch was from Utah and was vacationing with his family at the time of the accident.
According to a Park County Sheriff's Department press release, his body was found in the upper canyon of the Southfork River, bringing a close to a month-long search.
The body was found approximately ¾ mile downstream from where he was spotted submerged in the river by a helicopter team only hours after he was swept downstream after falling off a horse while crossing the river.
The helicopter team was unable to access Tyler due to nearly 450-foot vertical cliffs. Several hours later kayakers arrived at the location only to find the body was no longer there.
Sunday morning Search and Rescue member Ed Conning and local business owner Andy Quick carried their kayaks approximately 5 miles through rugged terrain to the area where Tyler went missing on July 2nd and began searching downstream.
Other equipment was carried by horseback by another SAR member and his wife.
Both kayakers, having previously searched the river numerous times since the disappearance, were very familiar with the river and specifically the points of interest of the search.
At approximately 3:30 Sunday afternoon they located the body submerged in the river behind some boulders. This area had previously been searched several times over the past month, but high water prevented searchers from locating Tyler's body.
At the time Tyler went missing the river was flowing at approximately 1600 cubic feet per second. On Sunday it was down to 260 cfs.
The kayakers were able to recover the body and float approximately 2 miles downstream and deliver the body to Park County Coroner Tim Powers.