6-Year-Old Jacob Baudek's Body Found

24 January 2010   Dwight D'evelyn
The body of Jacob Baudek was located Saturday by hikers east of I-17.
A Swift Water Team searches the Agua Fria River. Photo courtesy of YCSO.

At approximately 12 P.M. Saturday, the body of 6-year-old Jacob Baudek was recovered. About an hour prior, YCSO was notified that hikers had located the body of a child along the banks of the Agua Fria River, in area between I17 and the Arcosanti complex northeast of Cordes Junction.

A YCSO Forest Patrol deputy, along with 3 members of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Response Team, Backcountry Unit, were directed to the location by the hikers. Recovery personnel confirmed the body was that of Jacob and the family was notified immediately. Jacob’s body has been removed and transported to the medical examiner’s office.

Friday, a swift water rescue team from the Central Yavapai Fire District conducted a search in and along the Agua Fria River. The search began where the Baudek’s truck had been disabled and continued to the I17 overpass. Personnel suspended the effort at this point due to pending darkness. The search covered approximately 2 miles. A little over a mile into the search, CYFD personnel located Jacob’s pajamas and backpack in a debris pile along the riverbank. A further check of the area did not reveal any clues as to his whereabouts. The find today places Jacob’s body well east of the I17 overpass and a significant distance from where his clothing was located.

Sheriff Waugh, along with YCSO deputies and rescue personnel, appreciate the public’s ongoing concern and prayers for Jacob and his family following the incident.

January 22, 2009 -1 pm --- A crew from Phoenix DPS Ranger has just completed several flyovers of the incident area where the 6-yr-old boy was last seen. During the search, Officers found several debris piles along the flood banks that require inspection from the ground. Officers also spotted a jacket belonging to the boy’s mother further downriver.

As a result, fire personnel will be deploying at least two swift rescue teams in boats to search these debris piles for any sign of the missing boy. The boy has been identified as Jacob Baudek. His parents are David and Katrina Baudek.


Preliminary Information - On January 21, 2010, at approximately 8:45 P.M., Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a reported swift water rescue incident near Old Sycamore Road between Highway 69 and the I17. The location is about 4 miles off of Highway 69 near the Chauncey Ranch campground. Upon arrival, deputies learned that a 6-year-old boy had been swept from the back of a pick-up truck which became stuck in flood waters.

Deputies met with personnel from the Mayer Fire Department and Central Yavapai Fire District who were already on scene. A preliminary report indicated that a husband and wife, along with their 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son, attempted to leave their Chauncey Ranch area home to take their ill son to the hospital. The vehicle became disabled in flood waters and swept off the main roadway. It is not clear at this time, but somehow the mother was able to reach higher ground away from the vehicle as the father moved himself and the two kids to the truck bed for safety. A person in the area was able to throw him a rope while others called the local fire department. As fire personnel began arriving on scene, the flood water rose and swept the three from the truck bed. The father was able to get to ground with his daughter, but his son was missing and presumed swept away in the flood waters.

A swift water rescue team from CYFD arrived almost immediately and staged downstream hoping to intercept the child, but he could not be located. YCSO deputies, fire personnel and Yavapai County Sheriff’s Response Backcountry teams began a coordinated search of both sides the river’s banks. This effort continued through the night without success. Because of low visibility, along with the wind and rain, DPS Ranger helicopter was unable to fly over the area. Deputies are now classifying the effort as a recovery due the presumption a young child could not survive in these conditions.

YCSO and fire personnel remain on scene this morning as the search continues. Updates are expected later today. At this time, the family’s name is being withheld.

Citizens can contact the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office with information or questions at (928) 771-3260 or the YCSO website: www.ycsoaz.gov