Garden Valley Boy Drowns in the Waters of the American River
Just before 11:00 AM on Friday, 06/13/2014 the Sheriff’s dispatch center received a call advising that a young man disappeared while swimming in the Middle Fork of the American River in the area of Cherokee Bar off of Sliger Mine Rd. Personnel from the Sheriff’s Office, Cal Fire, and a CHP helicopter responded to the area.
Fifteen (15) year old Ronald Stewart of Garden Valley was pulled from the water of the American River in the same area of the river as he was last seen in. When Ronald was recovered from the water, lifesaving efforts were initiated, unfortunately efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The cause of Ronald's death is being investigated by the Sheriff/Coroner’s Office.