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On 06/12/2021 at 11:26 a.m., Colorado Parks and Wildlife successfully located the body of a deceased adult male submerged in the water at Lake Estes. Efforts continued to recover the body throughout the rest of the morning and at 2:56 p.m. the deceased male was recovered from the lake. The Larimer County Coroner’s Office has taken custody of the deceased male and will be conducting an autopsy to determine the identity, cause, and manner of death. The Coroner will release this information at the conclusion of their investigation.

Special thanks go to the following organizations for contributing their time and effort in the search for the missing boater:

Estes Park Health Ambulance Service
Estes Park Police Department
Estes Valley Fire Protection District 
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Rocky Mountain National Park Service
Estes Valley Recreation and Park District
Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies
Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Unit
Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services
Larimer County Search and Rescue
Larimer County Dive Rescue
Loveland Fire Rescue Authority
Bureau of Reclamation

The above agencies and all individuals involved contributed countless hours to the location and recovery of the missing boater.

Lake Estes will resume normal operating hours and open for recreation starting tomorrow, 06/13/2021


The search for the missing boater continued throughout the night of June 10 and into the early morning hours of June 11.  Shore-based and dive operations were ceased at dark and boats with sonar were used until about 2:00 a.m.  Additional resources are active today to help with what is now considered a recovery mission. 

The investigation thus far has revealed that two adult males and two adult females left the Lake Estes Marina around 3:30 p.m. on June 10 on a rented pontoon boat.  One of the adult males fell into the water less than an hour later in the general area of Fisherman’s Nook on the north side of the lake.  The others on the boat tried to locate the man and then beached the boat to call for help.  The boaters said the missing man was visiting from out of state.  The other man and two women are from the Boulder area.

Investigators are working to interview all witnesses to determine how/why the man fell into the water.  If you have information about this incident, please call Investigator Pete Mesecher at 970-498-5144.

Lake Estes will continue to be closed to all watercrafts today including boats, paddle boards, kayaks, etc.


June 10 at 9pm

On June 10, 2021, at approximately 4:27 p.m., the Estes Park Police Department received multiple reports of a man that fell into Lake Estes from a boat and could not be found by the three others in his party.  All four individuals are in their 20s.

The Estes Valley Fire Protection District, Estes Park Police, Loveland Fire Rescue Authority, LCSO Emergency Services, and the Larimer County Dive Rescue Team responded.  Resources from Colorado State Parks and Wildlife have also been requested.

The search is ongoing, and Lake Estes is currently closed to boats.  Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Pete Mesecher at 970-498-5144.

Published on: 
Thursday, June 10, 2021 - 9:02pm
Contact Details: 

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

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