"Discovery of the Remains," Deseret News [Weekly], 9 Nov. 1854, 3.
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On Elder R. Badger.--Our readers doubtless vividly remember that bro. Rodney Badger was drowned while endeavoring to rescue the children of a passing emigrant, named Williams, from Weber River, on the 29th of April, 1853. They will also recollect the immediate and careful search for the body during several days, made by President Grant, Elders Ferguson, Burton, Cunningham, and 13 others, but without success.
On Thursday, Oct. 19, bro. James H. Heath found the remains on a small island, one mile and a half below where Elder Badger was drowned, and about 400 yards from where President Grant and company camped at the time of their search.
It is supposed that the body was immediately covered with sand, and so remained until the effect of the high water this season, and the subsequent action of the wind upon the dry sand pared a part of the bones, with which were found $122 90-100, in gold and silver.
Bros. Heath and Mark Hall took up the remains, inclosed them in a coffin, and forwarded them to the family in this city for interment. Of the two children of Mr. Williams, drowned at the same time, and for whose rescue Elder Badger lost his life, one was found the next day, and the other was found by bro. Heath about three months afterwards.