Body of Arkansas Game & Fish Officer Recovered

Jun 2, 2013

An undated photo of Joel Campora, posted on Facebook by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.
Credit Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

Searchers have recovered the body of an Arkansas wildlife officer who was swept away by flood waters with the Scott County sheriff and two others.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman Keith Stephens said Sunday that the body of 32-year-old Joel Campora was found earlier in the day.

Stephens says the body was about a mile downstream from where the bodies of Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter and a female victim were found on Saturday.

Stephens says searchers are conducting a recovery effort for one woman who remains missing.

Rescuers were summoned by the two women Friday night when they were trapped in a home by a flash flood.

Stephens says it is unclear what happened but the four ended up in the rushing water and were carried away.

On its Facebook page, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission posted:

It is with profound sadness that we announce the recovery of our wildlife officer Joel Campora. He was found earlier today near Y City where he attempted to do what he was trained to do - save lives. In his cadet biography, Joel said he knew he wanted to be a wildlife officer since the fourth grade. Please keep the Campora family, as well as all of the people involved in this tragedy, in your prayers.