Rimrock AZ (March 2, 2017) – At approx. 630am on February 28, the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) received a call of a single vehicle attempting to cross Beaver Creek at Reay Road in Rimrock. The caller indicated the vehicle was beginning to float away and appeared to contain only the driver. A swiftwater team was called out and local fire units responded. The weather remained very stormy in the area and visibility was very poor. At about 7:15 AM, fire personnel located the vehicle almost completely submerged in the river some distance from the crossing.
The swiftwater team was deployed but could not get a complete view of the vehicle interior. As a result, a full search effort covering the area where the vehicle was submerged was ordered. Around 11 :45 AM, a DPS Ranger crew flying over the creek bed spotted a body a little less than a mile from the submerged vehicle. The victim’s body was recovered from Beaver Creek and is identified as Robert Kind, 59, from Cottonwood. The incident remains under review.