Niagara Falls daredevil might have died in plunge with snake
In this Aug. 13, 2004, file photo, Kirk Jones poses for a photo at Terrapin Point on the American side of Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls State Park, N.Y. (Chip Somodevilla/Detroit Free Press via AP, File)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, June 28, 2017 11:31AM EDT
NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - A daredevil who died after plunging over Niagara Falls in an apparent stunt with an inflatable ball might have brought a boa constrictor along for the ride.
The Niagara Gazette reports Wednesday that New York State Park Police found a website with a photo of Kirk Jones and the 7-foot snake previewing Jones' plans. An unoccupied large plastic ball he apparently planned to ride over the falls was found empty below the falls on April 19.
Jones' body was recovered June 2. The snake hasn't been found. Exotic-pet experts told police it wouldn't have survived the cold water.
Footage from a crashed drone belonging to Jones shows only rushing water.
Jones became the first person known to survive the plunge over Niagara Falls without a safety device in 2003.