Daredevil's 'Very Peculiar' Death Leaves Cops Perplexed

For one, they have no idea what happened to Misty the boa constrictor
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2017 12:55 PM CDT
After Fatal Niagara Falls Stunt: Where's the Missing Boa?
Police believe Kirk Jones was attempting to go over Niagara Falls in this inflatable ball when something went wrong.   (New York State Parks Police)

"I still have lots of questions," New York State Park Police Detective Sgt. Brian Nisbet tells the Niagara Gazette. For one thing, where is Misty the 7-foot-long boa constrictor? Nisbet is investigating the April 19 death of daredevil Kirk Jones, who was in his early 50s. Jones went over the 170-foot Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls in what police say appears to be a stunt gone wrong. His body was found 12 miles downriver on June 2, per the BBC. But police still can't figure out exactly what happened. It started when a tourist reported seeing a "shiny object" in the rapids April 19. A responding officer discovered the object was an inflatable ball large enough for a person to climb inside—but it was empty. The Buffalo News reports the ball went over the falls and was recovered by the Maid of the Mist tour boat.

The next day, police found a crashed drone belonging to Jones and received a call from his wife, who had reason to believe he was attempting a stunt at the falls. This led police to a website that appeared to belong to Jones and bore the headline: "Believe in the Impossible Kirk Jones + Misty Conquer Niagara Falls NY 2017." Police are looking at a number of possibilities: Jones slipped while trying to get himself and the snake into the inflatable ball while it was in the water; the shock of the cold water caused the snake to attack Jones; Jones got out of the ball when he realized it wasn't watertight. But police don't believe it was a suicide attempt, despite Jones previously admitting he was trying to kill himself when he went over the falls in 2003, WIVB reports. Nisbet calls it all "very peculiar." "The answers to our questions probably went over the falls with Kirk," he tells the Gazette. (More Niagara Falls stories.)

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