Kason Ryan Adams, 19, of Temecula, jumped into the water from a large rock formation in Copper Canyon (Lake Havasu City) Saturday, Aug. 14, and never resurfaced, according to a report from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Those in the vicinity who saw the incident take place immediately began searching the water where Adams was last seen.

After finding his body and despite life saving measures by good Samaritans and paramedics, Adams could not be resuscitated and was pronounced deceased by local authorities.

At this point in the ongoing investigation, details on the incident have not been released. Adams was transported via patrol boat to the Contact Point Water Safety Center. From there, his body was turned over to the care of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Division, according to SBCSD.

Over the past 48 hours, hundreds of comments have been made on one of his very last social media posts. Adams was well liked by his peers and has been described as an “amazing young man, from an amazing family.”

A 2020 graduate, Adams was also athletic and highly creative according to family friends. He played youth football for Temecula Pop Warner and then went on to play for Great Oak High School through his junior year.

It is not known whether Adams was in the Lake Havasu City area with family, friends, or both, at the time of his accident. The area that Adams jumped from has an 80-foot jump rock and other smaller formations that people use for diving, but it is still unclear if he jumped from that specific set of rocks.

A GoFundMe account, or some sort of donation site, is said to be in the works, once that information is made available, it will be posted here. A candlelight vigil is scheduled to take place Thursday, August 19, at 7 p.m. at the Patricia Birdsall Sports Park in Temecula.

Also, anyone with information regarding the accident is urged to contact Deputy Frank Weinald or Deputy Steven Cook of the Colorado River Station. (760) 326-9200. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to use the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463), or can leave the information on the We-Tip website at http://www.wetip.com.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at jp@reedermedia.com.

JP Raineri
JP Raineri

JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.