Body found after week long recovery effort in Cherry Creek Reservoir

A member of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Marine Evidence Recovery Team on the water during a...
A member of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Marine Evidence Recovery Team on the water during a recovery operation at Cherry Creek Reservoir on May 8, 2022.(Colorado Parks and Wildlife)
Published: May. 8, 2022 at 9:41 AM MDT|Updated: May. 14, 2022 at 2:31 PM MDT
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AURORA, Colo. (KKTV) -

UPDATE (5/14 2:30pm): Colorado Parks and Wildlife said they have found a body in their search for a man who went missing. The search for the missing man lasted a week in the Cherry Creek Reservoir and ended on Saturday.

A team took to the water again on Tuesday searching for a swimmer who disappeared into the Cherry Creek Reservoir over the weekend.

The 29-year-old was last seen Saturday afternoon riding in an inner tube pulled by a boat on the reservoir. Witnesses said the man fell off the tube and never reemerged. He was reportedly not wearing a life jacket.

First responders from South Metro Fire Rescue, Cherry Creek State Park, Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office and Colorado Parks and Wildlife searched for more than 90 minutes Saturday but were unable to locate him. Due to the amount of time that passed since the search began, the operation shifted from a rescue to recovery.

The search continued until 4 a.m. Sunday and resumed just a few hours later.

Sunday’s operation was hindered by the strong wind gusts plaguing the Front Range.

Monday’s search again failed to turn up anything.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says searchers will continue working tirelessly until the man is located.

The victim is presumed to have drowned, which Colorado Parks and Wildlife said would mark the second drowning in Colorado this year. With more spring and summer to come, wildlife officers urge anyone recreating on or around a body of water to wear a life jacket as a precaution. 2021 saw nearly two dozen drownings across the state, while 2020 hit a record high at 34 drownings.

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