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Kayaker finds body Tuesday afternoon in Poudre River

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Posted at 7:49 AM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 13:17:04-04

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Authorities have recovered the body of a rafter who went missing after his raft capsized on June 29 in Colorado's Poudre River.

On Tuesday afternoon, a kayaker found the body of David L. Smith of Fort Collins a few miles downstream of where the man had fell into the water, according to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office.

The man's body was recovered just after 5 p.m. and turned over to the Larimer County Coroner's Office. He was identified on Thursday.

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Crews from multiple agencies searched for Smith after he fell into the water using both a ground team and drones. They searched a 12-mile stretch of the river, but were not successful.