CUSHING, Okla. - Investigators are looking into a skydiver’s death after her body was found a half mile away from the drop site.
She’s been identified as Sheralynn Neff, a 26-year-old woman from Newton, Kansas.
Authorities say her group called for help after they lost contact with her after she jumped from a plane that took off from the Cushing Airport on Sunday afternoon.
“I know she skydives a lot according to her brother,” said Lincoln County Sheriff Charlie Dougherty.
Neff had already jumped six times on Sunday, and her last was around 3:45 pm.
After learning that Neff was missing, rescue crews discovered her parachute but she was nowhere to be found.
“We started the search around 4 p.m. It was very hot. We made the decision to scale people back around 10 p.m. So we were down to about 20 people overnight,” said Dougherty.
Crews finally found Neff’s body around 8 a.m. Monday morning.
“There was no harness with her at all. So she came completely out of whatever and dropped to the ground,” said Dougherty.
Officials say Neff was part of a skydiving program at the Oklahoma Skydiving Center. We reached out to the business for comment but have not heard back.
Investigators are now retracing the incident, trying to figure out what went wrong.
The FAA is also investigating.