Arrow-right Camera


Searchers find bodies of 4 missing S. Idaho boaters

Tue., Aug. 10, 2010, 7 a.m.

AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho — Search and rescue crews have recovered the bodies of four men who drowned in a southern Idaho reservoir after a prank turned deadly during a weekend boating trip.

Authorities said the dead were 57-year-old Darrel Leroy Shappart Jr., 26-year-old Jared Alan Hale, 30-year-old Aaron Jeff Hale, and 30-year-old Stephen Jacob Verbeck.

The search began Sunday evening after 911 dispatchers got a cell phone call from a young child who was adrift with four other kids on a boat in the middle of the American Falls reservoir. The kids, all between 2 and 9 years old, told deputies that one of the four men they were with was standing in the boat when another pushed him into the water as a joke.

But the man couldn’t swim, and one by one the other three jumped in to try to save him. Only one of the men grabbed a life jacket before plunging into the water, but he wasn’t wearing the device.

Searchers using special scanning radar found the men’s bodies Monday evening.

Click here to comment on this story »