Montrose boy’s body recovered from pond

The Mesa County Dive Team retrieved the body of a 17-year-old Montrose boy from a pond Tuesday about a half-mile west of Montrose airport, Montrose Police Cmdr. Keith Caddy said.

Luis Eduardo Estrada-Juarez died after he went swimming with friends in a pond at Taviwach Park late Monday night, Montrose County Coroner Thomas Canfield said in a press release.

Estrada-Juarez was apparently clinging to a log in the pond with his friends when he became separated from the group and was unable to swim to shore, Caddy said.

The pond, which reaches a depth of 90 feet in some areas, is too small for boating and swimming is prohibited, Caddy said.

Neither drugs nor alcohol was believed to have played a part in the accident, and foul play is not suspected, he said.

The Montrose Fire Protection District, the Montrose County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff’s Posse, the Montrose Police Department and Public Safety Dive Services of Grand Junction collaborated in the search and retrieval operation, Canfield reported.

“Definitive cause and manner of death are pending an autopsy, which is scheduled for the near future,” Caddy said in a press release.


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