EUREKA, Nev.: The body of a well known paraglider from New Zealand has been recovered from a mountainous site in a remote part of Nevada, a sheriff said Monday.
Sheriff Jesse Watts said a passerby noticed a parachute last Wednesday and searchers on Friday reached the body of James Kiwi Johnston in the Fish Creek mountains of Eureka County.
No foul play. Pure accident,” said Watts, who also serves as Eureka County coroner. He said Johnston died of multiple injuries from a high-elevation fall.
Johnston disappeared Aug. 23 while about 250 miles (402 kilometers) east of Reno and 200 miles (322 kilometers) north of Las Vegas. He was attempting to fly west-to-east across Nevada.
Searchers from several counties scoured the area for almost a week before suspending operations Aug. 29.
The New Zealand Herald reported that…