Family members are preparing to bury a father and daughter after a week of searching for the pair as officials detail how his vehicle ended up in the Delta.
The California Highway Patrol said Tuesday that it appears Kyler Jackson took a sharp left turn on Iselton Road and traveled down an embankment. The car hit a tree before entering the Georgiana Slough near Walnut Grove, the CHP said.
Jackson and his daughter Kaylee, 1, had been missing since May 22. Divers found Jackson’s vehicle in the slough Sunday night at its confluence of the Sacramento River.
Kyler Jackson’s body was found in the slough Saturday. Kaylee Jackson’s body was recovered Sunday, a third of a mile north from where her father’s body was found, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
Kyler Jackson, of Sacramento, went missing during a visit with his father, Stanley Jackson, at his Oakland home. Kyler announced that he was heading out for pizza around 3:30 p.m. and said he would catch a basketball game afterward. Stanley Jackson said Kyler Jackson normally posts about a game on his social media account, but didn’t that evening.
“Pops, I’m about to go get some pizza for the kids and I’ll be back,” Kyler Jackson said, taking Kaylee along for the ride.
Jackson and his daughter were reported missing to the Antioch Police Department the next day.
“He was a great father … that was my twin,” Stanley Jackson said. He added that Kaylee was his “spitting image.”
“He spent every other week with Kaylee,” Stanley said. Kyler Jackson was separated from Kaylee’s mother, “but never neglected his kids,” Stanley Jackson added.
Kyler Jackson also has an older daughter and his Facebook page features many pictures of the trio.
The Jackson family has set up a GoFundMe account online to raise money for funeral costs.
The south Sacramento office of the CHP is continuing its investigation, which will include examining video cameras from the Antioch Bridge, said CHP officer Michael Bradley.
“If you don’t know the area that well, you can very easily end up off the road,” said Bradley.
The Coroner’s Office has yet to determine an official cause of death for Jackson or Kaylee.