Three juveniles spotted the body of a woman in Little Cottonwood Creek Monday afternoon, leading Salt Lake County searchers to their 12th water rescue and the fourth water-related death in the county this year.
The body is that of a woman, tentatively identified as 40-year-old Jan Schneider of Sandy, missing since Wednesday. While the description matches that of Schnei-der, county officials will wait for complete identification results to confirm the identity of the body, Salt Lake County sheriff's spokesman Jim Potter said.The boys were hiking near the canyon when one boy spotted the body lodged in a fast-moving portion of the creek about 2 p.m.
"It shook them up quite a bit," Potter said. The drowning marks the third body recovered from Little Cottonwood Creek in 1993.
The bodies of Murray newlyweds Brett and Kristie Switzer Ekberg, 23 and 21 respectively, were found in the creek after their car skidded off the road into the water on June 27.
Rescuers found the body of Roy Allen Memmott, 37, Midvale, in Big Cottonwood Creek on June 29, following a monthlong search after his girlfriend reported that he plunged into the creek from the bank.
County rescue efforts continue for Kerri Schiffman, 36, Midvale, believed missing in Big Cottonwood Creek after partying near the water with friends on June 26.
Schneider was swept downstream from a half-mile above the Wasatch Resort. She was reported missing by two tourists. Schneider had reportedly commented to the man and woman how fast the creek was running. The tourists continued to talk among themselves, then glanced back to see Schneider struggling in the water.
Schneider left a white sweater and worn paperback on the bank of the creek.