Body of suspected drowning victim found at Cherry Creek Reservoir

ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — Search crews have found a suspected drowning victim at Cherry Creek Reservoir.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) tweeted Saturday that their Marine Evidence Recovery Team and South Metro Fire Rescue had found the body of a man who went missing there a week ago.

In a release, CPW said he was discovered on the bottom of the reservoir using a sonar device. A South Metro dive team brought him to the surface, the release said.

“Everybody involved didn’t give up, no matter what the circumstances were and this is a great result of that,” said Jason Trujillo, Cherry Creek State Park Manager in a statement. “We offer our deepest condolences and hope that this recovery will bring a little comfort to the family and friends as they mourn the loss of their loved one.”

CPW said the 29-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was on a tube being pulled by a boat when he became separated from the tube and went missing in the water on May 7. He was not wearing a life jacket .

South Metro Fire Rescue said that evening that rescue efforts had been unsuccessful and that the effort had turned into a recovery operation.

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The reservoir was closed to boating for several days while crews searched for the man. It reopened Friday.

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CPW said the man will be identified by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office.

It was the second drowning in Colorado this year, according to CPW. The first was a 24-year-old man who drowned on Jan. 26 at Chipeta Lake south of Montrose. There were 22 drownings in Colorado in 2021, according to a release, down from a record 34 drownings in 2020.


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