Colorado River body still not ID’d

Staff Report

As of late Thursday afternoon, the Garfield County coroner had not identified the body of a man found in the Colorado River on Wednesday.

Drowning is the suspected cause of death, said Glenwood Springs police chief Terry Wilson.

A pair of anglers found the body at Riverbend, located between Glenwood Springs and New Castle, and reported it to the Garfield County sheriff at approximately 2:45 p.m., Wilson said.

A Garfield County search and rescue team removed the body.

The Glenwood Springs police department is investigating the death with the sheriff’s department as part of an on-going investigation that originated inside the city limits, Wilson said.

Wilson said the anglers found the body lodged on a rock about 40 feet into the river from the river’s south shore. “It had been there for a while,” he said. “But I won’t guess for how long.”

Riverbend is an Interstate 70 rest stop where rafters and anglers put in and take out their boats.

An autopsy was completed in Grand Junction Thursday afternoon, but the results weren’t released by press time. Wilson said he hopes to have an identification by Friday afternoon.

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