Monday, July 25, 2016

Fatal accident occurred July 24, 2016 in Cushing , Payne County, Oklahoma

 Sheralynn Neff 

CUSHING, Okla. (KSNW) – Crews in Oklahoma have found the body of a missing skydiver.  The body was found just after 8 a.m. near Cushing in Lincoln County.

The skydiver, identified as 26-year-old Sheralynn Neff from Newton, jumped around 3:45 p.m. Sunday near Cushing. Her parachute was found in a wooded area, but she wasn’t with it.

Authorities say she was found about five miles away from where her parachute was located.

Investigators say they believe she fell completely out of her harness.

Multiple law enforcement agencies and the Red Cross assisted in the search.

Many people in Newton are grieving after getting wind of Neff’s death.

David Williams says Neff was in his public speaking class in sophomore year.

He remembers he as being shy and quiet, but very well rounded and someone whose work ethic rubbed off on others.

Williams pointed out in the 2008 NHS yearbook, the year Neff graduated, that she was heavily involved in many activities.

Neff was a member of the National Honors Society and Spanish National Honors Society.

Neff was also valedictorian of her senior class.

Outside the classroom, she was part of the swim team and played the flute.

Williams says it wasn’t uncommon to see Neff carrying her flute around school, saying she was very interested in music.

Being so well rounded, Williams said it was hard to forget Neff, even eight years after she graduated.

“Her goal was perfection in virtually everything she did and she achieved it, I don’t know of anything she wasn’t successful at, if there was stuff going on, she was involved in it and it just hurts a lot to think about her not being around,” said Williams.

Greg Bergman, the Director of Bands for USD 373 also spoke out about Neff’s death in an email this afternoon saying:

“Sheralynn was an outstanding flutist and leader in our band program at Newton High School, in addition to her numerous academic successes. Sheralynn served as Drum Major for the NHS Railer Marching Band and was Principal Flute in the Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. She earned Division 1 “Outstanding” ratings at several music festivals, and was a member of the Kansas Music Educators Association South Central District Honor Band. I’ll always remember that Sheralynn pursued so many academic and artistic interests at NHS that she didn’t have time to take 9th Grade P.E. until her Senior year. Sheralynn was a kind, talented, and highly motivated young woman with a variety of interests. My thoughts are with her family.”

The FAA will investigate the incident.

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