Update: 2 adults pulled from Provo River are dead, 4-year-old still missing

2 adults pulled from Provo River, child still unaccounted for (Photo: Lisa Nico / KUTV)

UPDATE: The adults pulled from the Provo River have died. Brenda Nalleli Dedios, mother of missing 4-year-old girl London Dedios, jumped in to help her daughter. Another man, Sean Zacharey Thayne, 30, from Sandy, Utah, also tried to help and was killed.

(KUTV) Crews pulled two adults from the Provo River Monday afternoon while a child, 4 years old, is still unaccounted for according to Spencer Cannon of the Utah County Sheriff's Office. Cannon reported that both adults, previously in critical condition, have died.

A witness told 2News, the child fell into the water near Nunn's Park and Bridal Veil Falls and adults were racing down the river searching frantically for the child. Provo fire officials confirmed the park is where the incident originated. Cannon said the child was sitting on a rock with her mother and at least one other child when she somehow ended up in the river. Brenda De Dios immediately jumped in after her.

Rescue crews are actively searching in an active rescue effort. A helicopter is in the area helping in the search.

Around 5:30 p.m. dive teams set up along the river as part of the search for the child. Just before 7 p.m. the rescue efforts for the child were scaled back as news of the death of the two adults was released.

A Provo fire official said crews continue to look for the child.

The adults were unconscious when they were pulled from the water and police said they are critical condition.

A fire department spokesman said he wasn't sure about relationship between adults and the child and it isn't clear how anyone entered the river.

Cannon said the actions of Thayne and Brenda De Dios were "absolutely heroic. There are so many tragedies here."

Cannon said he didn't want to be critical of those but said the tragic events were preventable.

"I would like to never have one of these again," Cannon said.

He described Thayne as a heroic guy who tried to help.

The water levels in the river are high because of water from snow melt. In May a flood warning was issued for the river.

U.S. Highway 189 was closed to westbound traffic at Canyon View Park due to rescue efforts.

Rescue efforts from several agencies included Utah County Sheriff's Office, Utah County Search & Rescue, North Fork Fire, Provo Fire Department, Orem Fire Department, Utah Highway Patrol and LifeFlight.

Police and fire officials originally said the child was 6. This story has been updated with her correct age of 4.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off