Teton County Sheriff’s Office Detectives have identified the deceased male as 16 year old Kayden Quinn Tapia of Star Valley. Preliminary investigations revealed no obvious trauma to the victim, however further medical examination by the county Coroner is pending. Detectives have also identified the four males referenced in the earlier press release and are currently conducting interviews with them. The matter remains under investigation by the Teton County Sheriff’s Office.
At this time Emily’s Pond, the Emily’s Pond parking area, and the NE river dike are closed to the public until further notice.
The bike path and bridge will remain open to the public.
At approximately 9:29 A.M., the Teton County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a human body found in a wooded area along the Snake River off of Highway 22 in an area commonly referred to as Emily’s Pond, east of Wilson.
Teton County Sheriff’s Deputies and Jackson Hole Fire & EMS were dispatched to the area and arrived at approximately 9:40 A.M. where CPR had been initiated by a bystander and a volunteer firefighter. Paramedics attempted life saving measures for approximately 33 minutes, however the victim was unable to be resuscitated. The cause of death is unknown at this time and the matter is being investigated by Teton County Sheriff’s Detectives as suspicious. Teton County Sheriff’s Detectives have also requested the assistance of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation’s Crime Lab Unit to search and process the area for evidence.
It has been reported to sheriff’s detectives that there were four, white male individuals, seen leaving the area shortly before the body was located. They may have left the area in a white or cream colored SUV type of vehicle. Sheriff’s detectives would like to speak with these individuals as they are considered “persons of interest”.
The name and age of the victim is not being released at this time pending family notifications.