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On August 20, 2020, at about 9:18 p.m., the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office communications center was notified that a Larimer County Department of Natural Resources ranger was missing after a strong wind event on Horsetooth Reservoir.  The ranger’s boat was found on the water, but the ranger could not be located.

A massive search was immediately launched in efforts to locate and rescue the ranger.  Larimer County Department of Natural Resources, LCSO Emergency Services, Poudre Fire Authority, Colorado State Patrol, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Larimer County Dive Rescue Team, Larimer County Search and Rescue, Denver Police Department helicopter, and LCSO deputies and investigators responded to assist.

The ranger’s body was recovered from the water around 3:30 a.m. on August 21.  The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office and Larimer County Coroner’s Office are investigating.  The coroner’s office will release the identity of the ranger at the appropriate time as well as cause and manner of death.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the ranger’s family and our partners at the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources.  No additional information will be released at this time.

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Friday, August 21, 2020 - 7:32am
Contact Details: 

Public Information Officer
Larimer County Sheriff's Office
(970)980-2501 |  Email

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