Body of man who drowned at Causey Reservoir recovered Saturday

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WEBER COUNTY, Utah — Search and rescue crews assisted by a LifeFlight helicopter were searching Causey Reservoir for a man who was seen jumping from a cliff into the water but never resurfaced Friday, and Saturday morning the man’s body was recovered.

Lt. Brandon Toll, Weber County Search and Rescue, said 23-year-old Matt Heffernan’s body was recovered at the reservoir around 11 a.m. Saturday.

Heffernan is a student at the University of Utah from Cleveland, Ohio who has been living in Salt Lake City for the past six years.

The man was at the reservoir with two friends, and they were at a spot referred to as “King Kong.” The man jumped off a cliff estimated at 60-feet tall, and officials said that after the man hit the water hard he never came back up.

Search and rescue crews were first dispatched around 7:45 p.m. Friday, and the accident occurred sometime around 6:30 p.m. Toll said it took the friends who were with the man sometime to reach an area with phone service so they could call for help.


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