Body found in Crystal River near Redstone ID'd as missing kayaker

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. - Authorities have identified a body found in the Crystal River near Redstone as that of a 39-year-old man who went missing in late May.

Two volunteer kayakers from the Crested Butte Mountain Rescue team found the body Saturday and helped recover it from the river. On Monday, Gunnison County Sheriff Rick Besecker identified the victim as Uriah Shaffer.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reports ( ) Shaffer had been missing since he went kayaking in the river May 31. Like many across Colorado, the river was running high and swift at the time because of the spring snowmelt.

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