Schlitterbahn opens 2017 season as Verruckt still stands - KCTV5

Schlitterbahn opens 2017 season as Verruckt still stands

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Verruckt was the world’s largest waterslide when it opened in 2014 and can be seen from anywhere inside the park. (KCTV5 File Photo) Verruckt was the world’s largest waterslide when it opened in 2014 and can be seen from anywhere inside the park. (KCTV5 File Photo)
Caleb Schwab was killed in August of 2016 while going down the slide. (GoFundMe) Caleb Schwab was killed in August of 2016 while going down the slide. (GoFundMe)
KANSAS CITY, KS (KCTV) -

On Friday, thousands of people will return to a major metro water park.

But as the park opens, the scene of a tragedy continues to tower in the skyline.

Schlitterbahn Kansas City Waterpark will open it's 2017 season on a much more somber note.

Verruckt, the waterslide that took the life of a 10-year-old boy is still standing.

The heartbreaking story made national news and exposed lax regulations at Kansas waterparks.

Caleb Schwab was killed in August of 2016 while going down the slide. His family received 20 million dollars in a settlement after the tragedy.

Verruckt was the world’s largest waterslide when it opened in 2014 and can be seen from anywhere inside the park.

A spokesperson with the water park was not willing to comment on what the water park is or isn't doing differently since the 2016 tragedy. 

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says, Verruckt will stay, but won't be open to riders.

Schmidt says they are working as fast as possible, but don’t have a definitive end date for when the investigation will be complete.

He says they are not only reviewing the investigation already done by Wyandotte County officials, but doing their own further investigating. The office says they want to make sure they do a complete and throughout investigation and are working as fast as possible but there is not firm date on when the slide could come down. 

Schmidt issued a statement about the investigation into the death of Caleb Schwab on the Verrückt waterslide in Wyandotte County:

"As the seasonal opening of the Schlitterbahn Waterpark Kansas City approaches, we are aware of public interest in the ongoing criminal investigation into the August 7, 2016, death of Caleb Schwab on the Verrückt waterslide. Because this is a matter of public concern, we are providing the following update on the status of the investigation.

On December 15, 2016, the Wyandotte County District Attorney asked the attorney general's office to assume responsibility for reviewing the investigation results to determine whether or not criminal charges are warranted in connection with the incident. We agreed to do so, and our review has been active and ongoing since that time.

As part of that review, it has been necessary for law enforcement to conduct further investigation into particular matters related to the incident. We are moving as expeditiously as possible, but at this time we are unable to predict how soon the investigation may be completed.

We are sensitive to the desire to allow demolition of the Verrückt waterslide. However, our top priority must be to ensure the thoroughness and integrity of the criminal investigation. That necessarily includes the preservation of all evidence, including the Verrückt itself, until the investigation can be completed and we can determine whether or not the available evidence supports the filing of criminal charges.

No further information is available at this time."

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