Gila County Sheriff’s Office Recovers Mesa Man’s Body After Tonto National Forest Flooding

Shiloh Dorsett

GILA COUNTY – The body of hiker, Shiloh Dorsett, was recovered near Roosevelt Lake in the Tonto National Forest on Monday by personnel with the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

Mr. Dorsett, age 44, of Mesa, had not been seen since Saturday after he was swept away in flooding.

According to the Gila County Sheriff’s Office, on February 22, 2020 at approximately 11:19 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting a possible drowning in Cherry Creek. Mr. Dorsett and a friend were canyoneering in the area. It was reported that the area had received flash flooding. Mr. Dorsett’s friend was able to hike out and get help. Deputies attempted to conduct a search and rescue operation at the time, but were unable to do so because of the flooding.

Dorsett’s family released the following statement:

“The family of Shiloh Dorsett wants to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this time. They are overwhelmed and so grateful for the outpouring of love and support. Shiloh is remembered as a loving husband of 11 years and a father of a sweet 10-year-old girl who he loved spending time with. Shiloh was an avid outdoorsman, rock climber and loved canyoneering and bird watching.”

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