Rescuers recover boy lost in Kern River

By LAURA Austin

News Review Staff Writer The juvenile who was swept away in the Kern River Saturday April 2 was found Friday April 8 at approximately 12:30 p.m., about 200-300 yards downstream from where he fell in the Kern.

KCSO Air Support Unit was searching for the missing juvenile and alerted Kern Valley Search and Rescue to the location of a possible body. The body was recovered at about 6:20 p.m. The coroner took custody of the deceased juvenile. The boy was later identified by the Kern Count coroner as 9 year old Jemih Emil Reddick of Los Angeles, CA

The Kern County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) was dispatched Saturday, April 2, at about 2:18 p.m. with information that a juvenile had been swept away into the Kern River around Keysville, an unincorporated community located about two miles west of Lake Isabella.

The juvenile had been in the water for about 20 minutes before KCSO was notified.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, several juveniles went into the river in knee to calf-deep water while an adult family friend supervised. The juvenile, 9-year-old Jemih Emil Reddick, slipped and fell into the river and the family friend jumped in after him but was apparently unable to reach the boy.

Over the weekend, members of the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group contributed to the search efforts along the Kern River for the boy that was reported missing that tragic Saturday afternoon.

Story First Published: 2022-04-15