PORTERSVILLE, Pa. (WPMG) – As search and rescue crews enter day 8 of their “search and recovery” mission to find Jeff Hanby II, a Meadville resident, onlookers have started to lose hope for Hanby.
On Saturday around 2:30 p.m., Jeff Hanby II and his fiancee, Alexandra Smith, were hiking along a trail just downriver from the famous covered bridge when she decided to take a picture of him.
Just a few minutes later, Hanby lost his grip on a rock and fell into the Slippery Rock Creek. Hanby was not seen since then.
Team 300 rescue crews spent two days searching the river and shore banks hoping to find Hanby surviving the the wilderness, or possibly injured to where they could get him medical attention. But hopes of rescuing Hanby have since diminished.
Chris Calhoun, a Team 300 member, made his plea on Facebook. “The family needs their loved one brought home”.
Kayakers and professional divers believe Hanby likely hit his head and flash drowned within 30-seconds of going under the water due to how many boulders are sticking up and out of the river.
Hanby fell in where there is no fence or barrier, but park rangers urge to always stay on the trail path and to not wander away from it for any reason.
McConnells Mill State Park typically sees several injuries or deaths each year due to accidents and falls.