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A Montana teen drowned while recreating on the Clark’s Fork of the Yellowstone River in the Crandall area on Saturday, August 1, 2015.   Jonah Anspach, age 13 of Jefferson City, Montana was floating on the river with family and friends when he overturned and disappeared.  The 911 call came into the Park County Communications Center at 6:52 p.m. on Saturday evening from a passerby near milepost 3 on Highway 296.  Park County Search and Rescue (SAR) were immediately dispatched to the scene. 
Anspach’s family had rented cabins in the Crandall area for a summer vacation.  He and his brother, both of whom were not wearing life jackets were in small, inflatable pool rings in a section of the river known to local kayakers as “Day Stretch.”  The area is approximately one mile up river from the Hunter Peak Campground just below the junction of Muddy Creek.   At some point near the rapids known as “The Jet,” the boys overturned.   Anspach’s brother was able to surface and make it to shore however, Anspach disappeared under the water and was never seen again. 
Members of SAR began their search shortly after 8:00 p.m. on Saturday.  The initial search was suspended due to darkness but SAR members stayed on scene throughout the night at various locations along the river.  The search resumed at 8:00 a.m. this morning.  SAR members were assisted by several local, experienced kayakers who were familiar with the area.
At 10:48 a.m., SAR reported locating what they believed to be the victim submerged in 20 feet of water.  They were able to eventually recover Anspach’s body at 12:22 p.m.  The body was brought out to the staging area and turned over to Park County Coroner Tim Power.
Members of the Search and Rescue team praised the local kayakers whose information and knowledge of the area proved invaluable to the recovery of the victim.  




Non-Emergency Numbers
  (307) 527-8700
Powell: (307) 754-8700

Sheriff’s Civil Process &

Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cody:   (307) 527-8710
Powell: (307) 754-8710

General Fax Number:
Cody:   (307) 527-8708
Powell: (307) 754-8708

Sheriff’s Detention Center:
Cody:   (307) 527-8750
Powell: (307) 754-8750

Detention Center Administrative Assistant:
(307) 527-8714 or
(307) 754-8714

Park County/ Cody Law
Enforcement Center
1402 River View Drive
Cody, WY 82414


The Park County Sheriff’s Office participated in the 2015 Cody Air Fair at the Yellowstone Regional Airport on Saturday morning, August 1, 2015. Sponsored in part by Choice Aviation, the Cody Air Fair is an annual tradition on the first Saturday in August. The event includes a breakfast, pilot competitions, free aircraft rides for the kids, static displays and a free BBQ. Deputy Andy Varian and Search and Rescue pilot Bill Holder joined the event with their respective vehicles, conversing with the crowds and answering any and all questions.  Pictured are Search and Rescue pilot Bill holder (left) and Deputy Andy Varian (right).

  • Population - (28,702 from 2012 Census iinformation)

• The county seat is Cody.

• The county contains the
majority of Yellowstone
National Park's total area. 


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