A body that was recovered June 2 by the U.S. Coast Guard from Lake Ontario in Youngstown has been identified, according to authorities.
State Parks Police identified the man as Kirk R. Jones of Spring Hill, Fla., a daredevil who was in the Niagara Falls area on April 19.
Det. Sgt. Brian Nisbet said an investigation revealed that Jones may have been attempting a stunt on that date that involved going over the American Falls in an eight-foot inflatable clear plastic ball.
The ball, which had a passenger compartment, was "sitting in the rapids on the American side. The ball went over unmanned," Nisbet said. "We don't know what happened to Kirk Jones. We'd been looking for him since April 19. We don't know how he got in the water."
Jones had survived a previous stunt over the Horseshoe Falls in 2003, wearing only jeans, sneakers and two winter coats. In the process, Jones became the first adult to survive an unprotected drop over the falls. In 1960, seven-year-old Roger Woodward survived the plunge wearing a life jacket after a boating accident above the falls.