Police: FBI river search for evidence, not body

A team of FBI divers spent roughly seven hours Wednesday in the Colorado River but didn’t emerge with anything in a third day of searching.

And while the Grand Junction Police Department declined to specify what the divers are looking for, Police Cmdr. Mike Nordine said Wednesday the operation is focused on the recovery of evidence, not a body.

Nordine did not specify the evidence or the nature of the investigation that prompted the search.

Divers were in the water by 10 a.m. and left shortly before 5 p.m., focusing on an area in the middle of the river and slowly working their way to the river’s north bank on the west side of the Orchard Mesa pedestrian bridge.

Divers largely have sifted through trash, including items such as discarded construction gear, along the river’s murky bottom, Nordine said.

Divers are working underwater by touch, running metal-detectors over the bottom to alert them to the presence of items, authorities have said.

The search is expected to resume this morning.


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