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Jared Fearby and his grandfather were out fly fishing on Johnson Creek in Orleans County, NY on the morning of January 3rd when the pair separated to fish different sections of the creek. After not hearing anything from his grandson’s direction, Fearby’s grandfather decided to go look for his grandson, and after being unable to locate him, called 911 around 1:45 PM.
Search parties later found Jared’s body half onshore and half in the creek. Attempts were made to resuscitate Jared, but he was declared dead shortly after being found. It is assumed that Jared fell while wading in the fast-moving, high and muddy water and was swept away.
Jared was enrolled in the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry, located in Syracuse, NY. Jared was a part of the university’s Green Infrastructure Team and had a goal to “work a job that allows him to conserve and improve the environment.”
Our deepest condolences to Jared Fearby’s family, friends, and the SUNY ESF community.