Rafters spot body in river

Grand Junction firefighters head back to their vehicle Sunday as sheriff’s deputies, background left, on the opposite bank of the Colorado River interview rafters who reported a body in the water.

Search and rescue team members of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department on Sunday recovered a body from the Colorado River.

The body was reported in the river at 11:11 a.m. by three rafters, near land owned by the Colorado Division of Wildlife east of the Walter Walker State Wildlife Area.

Deputies confirmed the report but initially were unable to get to the body by boat, sheriff’s spokesman Charles Warner said. The body was eventually recovered around 2 p.m. by an investigator with the Mesa County Coroner’s office.

Warner declined to confirm gender, but said the body had no indication of foul play. Investigators with the Sheriff’s Department’s complex crimes division were not called to the scene.

According to police radio reports, the rafters reported what they thought was the body of a man in his 20s in the early stages of decomposition.

Warner said the Sheriff’s Department has no active missing persons cases.

Grand Junction Police Cmdr. Greg Assenmacher said the department has a case involving a missing adult man, which was reported earlier this month. He declined further comment.

An autopsy is expected to be performed today.


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