UPDATED: Death on the Dike

By on June 14, 2016

JACKSON HOLE, WYO –

UPDATED 7:40 p.m.

Kayden Tapia at age 14 (Facebook)

Kayden Tapia at age 14 (Facebook)

Teton County Sheriff’s have identified the man found dead on the Snake River dike early this morning. Kayden Quinn Tapia, 16, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A preliminary coroner’s examination revealed no obvious physical trauma but a cause of death has still not been determined. Detectives have also located four persons of interest and are currently questioning the men believed to be spotted leaving the scene shortly before Tapia’s body was found.

Tapia is from Star Valley. He was a member of Jackson Youth Hockey, helping Wyoming bring home the U16 national championship in April 2016.

Nils Huot, Harrison Sauter, Ryan Welch, James Doyle and Kayden Tapia pose with championship trophy in April.

Nils Huot, Harrison Sauter, Ryan Welch, James Doyle and Kayden Tapia pose with championship trophy in April.


The Planet has learned a man has been found dead at the Snake River levee near Emily’s Pond early this morning. Dike hikers called 911 after discovering the body. Jackson Hole Fire/EMS personnel performed CPR but pronounced the man dead at the scene.

Police are looking for a cream-colored SUV seen leaving the area at the approximate time of the incident. Four white males in their 20s were identified as the vehicle’s occupants—one wearing a University of Wyoming sweatshirt. The vehicle was headed westbound toward Wilson. It had out-of-state tags.

The Teton County Sheriff’s Office has not disclosed whether the incident is being investigated as a suspicious death. The case remains under investigation.


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