Man found in Rifle Creek died of natural causes

A man whose body was found in Rifle Creek on Tuesday died of natural causes and apparently had been in the creek for about two weeks, Rifle police say.

Lt. J.R. Boulton said the man has been identified as Matthew Joseph Fletcher, 45. Fletcher is from Oklahoma and had been working locally in the energy industry, Boulton said.

An autopsy was performed Wednesday morning, but Boulton wasn’t yet able to provide specifics on how Fletcher died, other than to say the death resulted from “personal medical issues.”

He said Fletcher had been dead probably two weeks, and his body most likely had been in the creek all that time. Boulton said the stretch of creek where Fletcher was found has a lot of foliage and isn’t near a traveled area, and Fletcher was discovered because the fisherman was walking up the creek.


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