Second SoCal Boy Found Dead in Yosemite Nat’l Park

Jacob Adams was missing since August 15 when he and his brother were swept away in a river

By Lauren Steussy
|  Thursday, Aug 23, 2012  |  Updated 9:43 PM PDT
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Second Boy Found Dead in Yosemite

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Two Yorba Linda boys were swept away by the Merced River in Yosemite National Park last week. Andreas Adams, 10, and his 6-year-old stepbrother Jacob both died. Jacob's body was not found till Thursday.

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Second Boy Found Dead in Yosemite

Rangers recovered the body of Jacob Adams, who was swept away in the Merced River. Elena Gomez reports.
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The second of two Southern California boys swept away in a Yosemite river was recovered Thursday after more than a week of searching.

Six-year-old Jacob Adams of Yorba Linda and his brother, 10-year-old Andres “Andy” Adams of Fallbrook, were wading in the Merced River last Wednesday when they were swept downstream.

The two were camping in the national park on a church retreat with their mother.

Andy, who lived in Fallbrook with his mother, was found moments after. Park visitors pulled him from the river about 150 yards downstream, but efforts to resuscitate him failed. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

On Thursday, Yosemite Park Rangers located Jacob 50 yards downstream from the Vernal Fall Footbridge where the boys were first swept away.

“Fluctuating water levels in the Merced River, changing weather conditions, and treacherous terrain contributed to a difficult and challenging search,” read a statement from the National Park Service.

Jacob lived in Yorba Linda with his father, according to our media partner the North County Times.

Water levels receded on Thursday, allowing rangers to continue the search.

The news came just a few hours after family members held a memorial for Andy in Fallbrook.

“[Andy] touched everybody,” said his sister Angela Adams. “He made everybody love him. And he really helped keep this family together.

At the time of the memorial Thursday morning, Angela said she and her family still had hope that her other little brother would be found alive.

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