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Missing Kanab man’s body recovered from Jackson Flat Reservoir

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Searchers recovered the body of Abraham Knudson from Jackson Flat Reservoir on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020.

Kane County Sheriff’s Office

KANAB — A missing Kanab man is dead after he presumably drowned at Jackson Flat Reservoir, officials reported after recovering his body Saturday afternoon.

Abraham Knudson, 30, was reported missing Friday at 5 p.m. After searching unsuccessfully into Friday evening on ground, by boat, with kayaks, by helicopter and with trained search dogs, search and rescue crews returned to the reservoir Saturday morning to continue their search with the assistance of the Utah Department of Public Safety’s dive team, according to a news release issued by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office Saturday evening.

The dive team’s boat launched at about 12:15 p.m., and about an hour later they located a possible image on their sonar equipment.

“Two divers with diving equipment entered the water and were able to locate the man in (approximately) 14 feet of water,” Kane County Sheriff’s Office reported. “The man was brought to the surface of the water and was recovered.”

The man, who was deceased, matched Knudson’s description, according to the Kane County Sheriff’s Office.

Though he is presumed to have drowned, Knudson’s official cause of death is under investigation with the assistance of the Utah State Medical Examiner’s Office, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Mr. Knudson had been living in the Kanab area for just a short time,” Kane County Sheriff’s Office officials wrote in Saturday’s news release. “Our hearts go out to Abraham’s family and friends at this difficult and traffic time.”

Officials urged people recreating at Jackson Flat Reservoir to use caution.

“Law enforcement would like to remind people of the dangers of recreating on or around the water,” the news release stated. “Please use good judgement and wear life jackets whenever possible.”