Utah Cave to Be Sealed with Man's Body Inside
Recovering body from Nutty Putty cave too dangerous
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2009 10:47 PM CST
John Jones, 26, died leaving a pregnant wife and young daughter.   (Jones family)
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(Newser) – The cave where a spelunker died this week is to be permanently sealed off with his body inside, officials say. John Jones, a 26-year-old med student, died after being stuck in Utah's Nutty Putty cave for 28 hours and police say it will be too dangerous to recover his body. "If we put other people in that same location, they could get stuck or get hurt," a search and rescue coordinator tells AP.

"We feel like it would be John's will to protect the safety of future cavers," his younger brother said. The family plans to erect a permanent memorial at the site and is considering starting a fund to educate young people on cave safety. The cave, which was popular with amateur cavers but had never been fully mapped, will be guarded by police until it can be properly sealed.