Body of missing Twin Falls BASE jumper found

BASE jumper went missing on June 18
Published: Jul. 1, 2020 at 1:34 PM MDT
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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - Officials have positively identified a body found in the Snake River as that of a missing Twin Falls BASE jumper who has been missing since mid-June.

On Wednesday morning, members with the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office located what they believed to be the body of Austin Carey on the Jerome County side of the Snake River.

Jerome County Sheriff George Oppedyk said his office was notified of the discovery at about 10:10 a.m. They went to the area, recovered the body and took it to the docks at Centennial Park, where it was turned over to the Jerome County Coroner.

“Positive identification of the body was done to verify it was Austin Carey. Austin’s family was also notified about his recovery,” Oppedyke said in a news release. “The Jerome County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Twin falls County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in the search and recovery of Austin. The Jerome County Sheriff’s Office was also assisted by the Twin Falls County Search & Rescue dive & swift water rescue teams, the Bureau of Reclamation, and numerous members of the public who offered their assistance in locating Austin.”

Carey’s family also confirmed the news to KMVT.

Carey’s family said they want him to be remembered for “his beautiful soul, and how he brought joy and a smile for everyone.”

Deputies with the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office were on the river at about 10 a.m. when they made the discovery, about three football fields downriver from Pillar Falls. A KMVT reporter was with the deputies for another story assignment.

“To be able to locate him today is a significant sense of satisfaction for us to be able to help the family and to be able to realize the efforts of our search weren’t in vain,” said Sgt. Ken Mencl from the Twin Falls County Sheriff’s Office.

Mencl also said it brings them closure as well as the family.

“We’ve combed over the rocks, we’ve scanned shorelines, we’ve used our sonar looking at the bottom of the river to try and do what we could to find Austin and to be able to find him today, for us, all that hard work that we’ve put into finding him, it’s a sense of closure for us as well,” Mencl stated.

Carey went missing June 18 after a jump near Pillar Falls. After the jump, the friend swam across the river. A kayaker then approached the friend and gave him Carey’s gear and told the friend that Carey “will be right over”.

Searchers spent many days looking for Carey and believed he may have been pulled into turbulent water near Pillar Falls.

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