Rafters find body in Colorado River in Garfield County

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colo. - A group of rafters came across a body in the Colorado River over the weekend, the Garfield County Sheriff's Office said Monday.

At about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, a member of the rafting party called 911 to report the grisly discovery.

The body was found on the river, parallel to Interstate 70 between mile marker 90 and 91, the sheriff's office said.

Members of Colorado River Fire Rescue and the sheriff's office Search and Rescue teams retrieved the body.  

Sheriff's spokesman Walt Stowe said it appears the body is a male, but they're awaiting confirmation from the coroner. The body was clad in khaki shorts and was decomposed. The initial estimate is that it had been in the water for about a week, he said.

At this time no foul play is suspected, Stowe said. The body will undergo an autopsy and the coroner will try to use dental records to identity of the individual.

Deputies are looking for abandoned vehicles along the river that could help identify the body, Stowe said. So far, no leads have developed.

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