Body found in Golden canal ID'd as elderly man who disappeared in December after crash with railcar

Posted at 3:05 PM, May 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-09 17:18:27-04

GOLDEN, Colo. — The body of an elderly man who disappeared after crashing his truck in Golden last year was found in a canal Monday.

Arvada resident James Mitchell, 87, was found Monday at the Farmer’s Highline Canal near West 44th Avenue and Easley Way. 

A Golden City crew member discovered the body as he was removing debris from beneath a bridge along the canal.

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office positively identified the body Wednesday. 

The retired Postal worker vanished after crashing his truck into a railcar on December 14, 2017, in the area of 10th and Vasquez streets.

Blood was found inside the cab of the abandoned pickup truck after railroad workers came upon the crash scene, but Mitchell was nowhere to be found.

Authorities searched for several miles in every direction from the crash site, including searches with drones and bloodhounds. But they failed to uncover any sign of the missing man during months of searching.

The cause and manner of his death have yet to be released, but authorities say it is not believed to be suspicious.