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Sheriff IDs man found in Colorado River

Garfield County Sheriff officials have determined the identity of a young man’s body as 22-year-old Thomas James Atkinson-Fritzlan, according to Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario. Atkinson-Fritzlan’s body was found unexpectedly in the Colorado River west of Parachute on Aug. 6. At the time, a search and rescue team was looking for another young man, Gary Tollivoro, who had walked away from a boy’s treatment facility, the Emily Griffith Center in Rifle, on Aug. 2. Tollivoro was last seen crossing the Colorado River on Tuesday, Aug. 3, before disappearing under water, and drowning. Tollivoro’s body was found Aug. 8, one mile west of the Rulison exit on Interstate 70, four miles from where he was believed to have entered the river. Atkinson-Fritzlan’s body was identified on Aug. 10 through Automated Fingerprint Identification Systems analysis. An investigation is still continuing into the cause of Atkinson-Fritzlan’s death, and why his body was found in the Colorado River. The last known address for Atkinson was in unincorporated Mesa County, in the Fruita area. Atkinson-Fritzlan’s next of kin has been notified of his death. Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518cclick@postindependent.com


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