Jetal Agnihotri

  • Found Deceased

About Jetal Agnihotri's case

Primary Source: Yahoo

The body of a hiker who was missing in Zion National Park has been found, the National Park Service announced.

Jetal Agnihotri, a 29-year-old from Tuscon, Arizona, went missing on August 19 after the park received reports of hikers being swept off their feet by a flash flood in the Narrows, a popular hike where visitors traverse through the waters of the Virgin River.

More than 170 responders helped search for her before rescuers spotted her body in the Virgin River, six miles from the Narrows, on August 22, the National Park Service said in a statement. She was pronounced dead by a medical examiner, the NPS said.

“The response involved work by swift water trained rescuers, search dogs, and a total of more than 1500 person-hours searching in and near the Virgin River,” the NPS said.

While the search was ongoing, Agnihotri’s brother, Pujan Agnihotri, told KSL-TV that his sister couldn’t swim.

Agnihotri was a graduate student in the Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences Department at the University of Arizona, according to the university’s website.

“Our deepest sympathy goes out to the friends and family of Jetal Agnihotri,” Jeff Bradybaugh, Zion National Park superintendent, said in a statement.

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  • Foul Play Suspected: Unknown / Undisclosed
  • Suicide Suspected: Unknown / Undisclosed
  • Cause of Death: Undetermined / Unreleased

Significant Dates

  • Reported Missing: Friday, August 19, 2022 (2 years ago)
  • Date Found: Monday, August 22, 2022 (2 years ago)

Administrative Details

Monday, January 8, 2024 (5 months ago)

Missing NPF Public Identification Number (MPID) 10486

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