The body of world champion skydiver David Brown was found on Sunday by a hiker below Utah’s Moab Rim. Brown, 37, was missing since June 29th after going out for a short hike just outside his home. The last person to see him alive was his boss and roommate, Clint MacBeth. Following his disappearance, Grand County Search and Rescue scoured the mountains around Moab but could not locate any sign of Brown.
The hiker came across the body in Kane Creek Canyon amidst steep and jagged terrain. Brown’s funeral has not been finalized yet and the Brown family is requesting privacy during this difficult time. Moab Police Chief Mike Navarre issued a brief statement announcing that the official cause of death will be determined by autopsy results, and questions on whether or not Brown’s sudden death was accidental or not went unanswered.
Brown’s family confirmed the death on their Facebook page “Dave Brown is Missing”, “Our family confirms the finding of the remains of our son, brother, cousin, and nephew in Moab. We are devastated by our loss of such a gifted young man. Special thanks to Moab’s Chief of Police, Mike Navarre, and his staff for their tending to us and Dave as a missing person.”
Brown has claim to the skydiving world record and was also a former national skydiving champion with more than 30,000 jumps to his name. His death is a devastating loss to the sport and to all the people that were lucky enough to have know him.
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