08 August 2021
Major Todd O. Stratton
Troop C Commander

Update 8/10/21: James D. Jones, age 57 of Louisiana was recovered from the Whitney Point Reservoir around 9:00 a.m., on August 10, 2021.  State Police were assisted by Whitney Point Fire with the recovery this morning.  
Throughout the weekend, Troopers were assisted by Broome County Sheriff’s, Chenango County Sheriff’s, Broome County Emergency Services, Broome County Technical Rescue Team, Whitney Point Fire, Harpursville Fire, West Windsor Fire, Chenango Bridge Fire, Vestal Fire, Killawog Fire, Lisle Fire, Greene Fire, Marathon Fire, Triangle Fire, Broome Ambulance, Greene Ambulance, Marathon Ambulance and Broome Security Division.   

Update 8/9/21: New York State Police continue to search for a missing kayaker in the Whitney Point Reservoir.  The New York State Police Under Water Recovery Team is searching the water by boat and a drone has been in the area checking the shore line.  

The man is identified as 57-year-old James D. Jones of Louisiana (*corrected from Pennsylvania as initially reported). 

Original release:  

New York State Police are searching for kayaker who went missing in the Whitney Point Reservoir Saturday evening. 

The 57-year-old male from Pennsylvania was kayaking with another person when his kayak tipped over.  His kayak was located but he did not resurface. 

Saturday evening and throughout Sunday the New York State Police helicopter has been in the air, along with members of the Underwater Recovery Team.  Troopers are being assisted by the Broome County Sheriff’s, Chenango County Sheriff’s, multiple fire departments, K9’s searching the water’s edge and volunteer search crews. 

The incident remains under investigation. 


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