News Story


Tragic Death of Off-Duty Sheriff's Sergeant
9/16/2015 4:30:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Tragic Death of Off-Duty Sheriff's Sergeant

Report Number:



Zion National Park, Utah

Date & Time:

09/16/2015 @ 4:30 PM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Sheriff's Administration

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(D) Robert 'Steve' Arthur




On behalf of the family of Steve and Linda Arthur, Sheriff Geoff Dean is saddened to announce the death of Ventura County Sheriff's Sergeant Steve Arthur.  On Monday, September 14, 2015, Steve Arthur and his wife Linda were hiking in Zion National Park in Utah when a series of flash floods hit the area.  On September 16, 2015, Steve was positively identified as one of the victims.  Linda Arthur is still missing and a recovery effort is on-going.


Steve Arthur was a 21-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office and was assigned to the Camarillo Police Department as the Traffic Supervisor.  Steve was known for his tireless efforts working with local youth both on and off duty and possessed a huge compassion for humanity.  Steve is survived by his three adult children and seven grandchildren.  Please keep the Arthur family in your thoughts and prayers.  


For details of the events in Utah please contact the United States National Park Service at (435) 703-3836


Prepared by:

Captain John Reilly


News Release Date:

September 16, 2015


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Captain John Reilly (805) 947-6782

Sergeant Denise Sliva (805) 947-9258



Approved by:

Undersheriff Gary Pentis