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Pueblo County investigators need help identifying man whose body was found along Arkansas River

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Posted at 8:16 PM, Jan 08, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-17 18:49:49-05

UPDATE: Authorities identified the man found along the riverbank of the Arkansas River as Abel Gonzalez-Villareal, 26.

The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office said Gonzalez-Villareal was a Mexican citizen who was living in Pueblo. His family has been notified.

The sheriff's office said the investigation into his death is ongoing pending results from his autopsy. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Simpson at 719-583-6436.


PUEBLO COUNTY, Colo. — The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying a man whose body was found along the Arkansas River in November.

The sheriff's office said the man's body was found on Nov. 21 in the area of La Salle and the Arkansas River, east of the Pueblo city limits. Investigators believe he was there for a few weeks before he was discovered by a man who was walking his dog.

The man is 5 feet 10 inches tall with a black beard (roughly one inch long) and short black hair. The sheriff's office said his race is unknown.

The man was fully clothed but did not have identification on him. He was wearing a Michael Kors shirt, size 36x32 Levi's jeans, Levi's underwear and size 10 boots.

Man's body found along Arkansas River 11-21-23

Authorities obtained fingerprints but no match has been made, according to the sheriff's office. DNA testing is underway.

Anyone with information about the man's identity is asked to call Detective Simpson at 719-583-6436.


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