Body recovered, identified after Utah man jumps from waterfall in Gunlock State Park

The body of Brandon Gary Johnson has been recovered a day after he jumped from a waterfall at Gunlock State Park. Images: Utah Division of Natural Resources; Google Maps

GUNLOCK STATE PARK, Utah, June 1, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — Searchers have recovered the body of a man who failed to resurface after jumping from a waterfall into the reservoir below Friday at Gunlock State Park.

The victim has been identified as Brandon Gary Johnson, 36, a Logan resident who had been working as a foreman in Washington County for the past four months.

“At this time, it appears that Johnson died from the impact,” said a statement from the Utah Department of Natural Resources, “however, the incident remains under investigation.”

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Crews recovered the body Saturday morning, the statement said. Those participating in the operation included Utah State Parks Rangers, Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Washington County Search and Rescue, and Bureau of Land Management law enforcement.

“The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation would like to thank the county and federal agencies who played a large part in the investigation and recovery and extends our condolences to the friends and family impacted by this incident.”

Searchers work to recover the body of Brandon Gary Johnson, 36, formerly of Logan, who jumped from the top of a waterfall into Gunlock State Reservoir outside St. George and never resurfaced. Photo: Washington County News

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