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Mother And Good Samaritan Die In Effort To Save 4 Year Old Girl


Posted On : 5/29/2017 8:52:11 PM

A West Jordan woman and a Sandy man died after both jumped in the Provo River in an effort to save the woman's 4 year old daughter who fell in the river. The 4 year old is still missing.


**Update** On 5/30/17, shortly after 11 am, the body of 4 year old London DeDios was located near Nunns Park, approximately 1 mile down river from where she entered the water. Members of the Search and Rescue Team located her body, after water levels had significantly dropped, entangled in logs and branches. Her body was transported to the Utah State Medical Examiners office for examination. The case will remain open, however, no foul play is suspected.

On May 29, 2017, at about 3:40 PM, Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a child who fell in the Provo River near Bridal Veil Falls. The child's mother, Brenda Nalleli DeDios, age 34, of West Jordan, and a bystander, Sean Zacharey Thayne, age 30, of Sandy, both jumped in the river after the girl, London DeDios, age 4, fell in the raging water. At least four other adults also jumped in the water in an effort to rescue London and they we able to get out of the river safely, with one of them suffering a knee injury. Brenda and Sean were not able to find London and they were not able to get themselves out of the water. Both of them were pulled out of the river near the Murdock Diversion Dam, nearly three miles from where they entered the river. Brenda and Sean were in extremely critical condition and were transported to Utah Valley Hospital in Provo. A short time later they were pronounced dead. Sean did not know Brenda or London, but was in the area and, along with at least 3 other adults who also did not know Brenda or London, jumped in the river to try to save her. London's father, Benigno Razo, was also on scene and jumped into the river in an attempt to save London. He was pulled from the river a short time later and survived the incident.

Numerous agencies responded to assist in the search for Brenda, London, and Sean. Deputies and Search and Rescue volunteers with the Utah County Sheriff's Office, Orem Police, Provo Police, Utah Highway Patrol, North Fork Fire and Ambulance from Sundance, Orem Fire Department, Provo Fired Department, Orem Police Volunteers, LifeFlight, and a fixed wing aircraft from the Sheriff's Office all assisted in this effort. SAR teams and Fire responders scoured the banks of the river from Bridal Veil Falls all the way to 3700 North in Provo, a distance of over five miles. The full scale effort has been called off for the night, but several teams well remain at the river in different locations over night in case they might be able to see London. At about 7:00 tomorrow morning, May 30, the full scale search effort will resume. Officials with Central Utah Water Conservancy District will reduce the flow coming out of Deer Creek Reservoir in order to lower the level of the Provo River. This will expose many areas where a person could be caught up and will aid in the search effort. Timpanogos Park will be closed to the public tomorrow as the search effort continues.

For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office. (801)404-1912. Twitter: SGTCannonPIO Lieutenant Erik Knutzen will be the PIO contact on scene beginning tomorrow as well.