By Ashley Loza
Kern Valley Sun
At approximately 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 30, Kern County Sheriff deputies responded to Sandy Flat Campground in the Keyesville area to reports of an adult male seen falling off of a rock into the Kern River. Initial reports indicated that a second person was also missing, but deputies determined that all reports referred to the same person, 27 year old Jared Andrews of Hawthorne, Calif.
Andrews had last been seen by witnesses at about 10:50 a.m. floating face down in the water and presumably unconscious several hundred yards downriver from where he had entered the water.
KCSO deputies, along with volunteers from Kern Valley Search and Rescue (KVSAR), searched for Andrews until Tuesday, July 3, when rafters called the Sheriff’s Office to report a possible body in the river near Sampson’s Hole.
With the aid of a drone, KVSAR was able to locate and recover Andrews’ body, which was nearly 2.5 miles downriver from where he had last been seen entering the water.
The body was confirmed as Andrews’ on Wednesday, July 4.