Body pulled from Montrose canal was missing disc jockey

Former KBNG-FM disc jockey Richard “Rick” Steele.



A body found Saturday in a canal south of Montrose was that of a disc jockey last seen July 1, Montrose County Coroner Thomas Canfield said Monday.

Canfield said the death of 48-year-old Ricky D. Steele was an accidental drowning.

The coroner said circumstances of the body’s recovery, characteristics of the body, dental records and an autopsy performed Monday all helped in confirming identity.

Canfield said the results of a toxicology report aren’t yet known, but alcohol and drugs are not suspected factors in Steele’s death.

A Montrose County Sheriff’s Department deputy on patrol reported the body around 9:30 a.m. in the South Canal near Uncompahgre Road.

Canfield said that location is approximately 12 miles downstream from where Steele’s Ford Ranger pickup was found abandoned July 2.

Steele was last seen the evening of July 1 along the canal near Miguel Road.

A search for Steele over the days and weeks that followed at one point involved members of the Colorado National Guard, volunteers from the Montrose area and Steele’s co-workers at KBNG 103.7 FM, as well as its sister stations, KUBC 580 AM talk radio and KIX 94.

Janine Mayfield, news director at the three stations, offered thanks Monday to community members, the Montrose Sheriff’s Department and Posse, who were involved in the search.

“May the fun-loving guy that we knew in our hallways and inside our radio always be remembered,” Mayfield wrote at http://www.ColoradoRadio.com.


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