FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Autopsies have confirmed that a teenager and his uncle who died in the fast-moving Poudre River both died of drowning. The teenager also suffered head injuries
The Larimer County Coroner's Office on Tuesday examined the bodies of 14-year-old Christopher Alania of Greeley and his uncle Jose Terrel, 38, of Evans. Information released by the coroner indicates Alania died after falling into the river and Terrel died after jumping in to try and rescue him.
Carl Solley, of the Poudre Canyon Fire Protection District, told 7NEWS that the boy was fishing with his family at the Ouzel campground area, about 12 miles west of Ted's Place.
"He dropped something into the water and tried to retrieve it," Solley said. "That's when he fell in."
Solley said the boy's uncle jumped into the water to try to save him.
"They both went down the river holding on to each other," Solley said.
The uncle soon lost consciousness.
"About a mile-and-a-half down the river, the uncle was rescued by some good Samaritans in the Diamond Rock day use area. The nephew wasn't (found)," Solley said.
Kayakers discovered the teen's body about 8 miles downriver from where the boy fell into the river.
“His parents are in Peru and haven’t seen him in seven years,” said Helen Duran, a family member. “When we told them what happened, his mother begged us to send him home.”
Two memorial funds have been set up at Wells Fargo Bank:
- Cristopher Alania Memorial Fund
- Jose Terrel Memorial Find