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Body of missing kayaker found at Chatfield Reservoir

The search was suspended until Sunday morning.
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Posted at 8:48 PM, Mar 30, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-01 08:25:41-04

DENVER — The body of a missing kayaker who went missing Saturday evening on Chatfield Reservoir was found early Sunday morning.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said the person's body was recovered overnight by CPW's Marine Evidence Recovery Team.

Multiple agencies had joined the search, which began around 8 p.m. Saturday. By late into the evening the search had turned to a "recovery operation" and the search was reported to be suspended until the morning hours.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's office said the man was in his 30s and is believed to be from California.

Another kayaker was found after successfully making the shore and was later taken to a hospital in serious condition, according to a post from South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) on social media.

Jeffco added investigators have not been able to interview the other person due to their condition and neither were wearing life vests.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Jefferson and Douglas County sheriff's offices were assisting SMFR in the search for the second kayaker.

In a social media post just after 10:30 p.m. Saturday, SMFR said a second kayak had been recovered but the kayaker was still missing.

"Unfortunately this has turned into a recovery operation," SMFR wrote. "Two kayaks have been located and one subject is still missing at this time."

This is a developing story and will be updated.

Body of missing kayaker found at Chatfield Reservoir

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