Dive teams in water again today in ‘evidence search’

An FBI dive team returned to the water today around 10 a.m., in what is being described as an “evidence search,” according to police.

While law enforcement officials have been tight-lipped about the specific nature of their investigation in the Colorado River near the Orchard Mesa pedestrian bridge, Police Cmdr. Mike Nordine confirmed to a reporter today that the search is for a specific piece of evidence, as opposed to trying to locate a body in the river.

FBI special agent John Piatanesi, who is based in Grand Junction, said yesterday the divers are using hand-held metal-detector equipment to scour the river bottom, and they are checking items to determine shape when they turn up something.

Approximately 18 law enforcement and related personnel were involved in the operation Tuesday, including search and rescue volunteers and Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies. 



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