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Sep 16, 2011 6:14 PM by Matt Stafford

Deputies believe body of missing Fountain man found in creek

The search for a missing Fountain man ended Friday morning; crews found a body in Fountain Creek and the Sheriff's Office believes it is that man.

It was disappointing news for the search crews that combed through Fountain Creek Regional Park for five hours last night. They picked back up at daybreak Friday and found what they believe is 23-year-old Eugene Harris, Junior's body at the south end of the park in the creek. Deputies say Harris was developmentally disabled; they didn't specify about his condition, but say he ranged in maturity fro 11 years old to 23.

"At about 7:30 this morning crews found the body matching the description of Mr. Harris in Fountain Creek," says Sgt. Michael Schaller with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Harris went missing Thursday, and investigators are still trying to figure out what happened. He was last seen leaving his home on Hayes Drive about six that evening walking to the nearby Walmart.

"Last night the first report we got, at about 7:15, was from a citizen that saw a person matching his description walking towards the drainage culvert at just south of the intersection of Security Blvd. and Main St," says Sgt. Schaller. He says crews checked the area, but didn't find anything unusual.

"A little before nine his father called to report him as missing as he had not come back from the store," Sgt. Schaller adds. They continued looking -- up and down Fountain Creek -- for about five hours. At daylight on Friday, just after they started searching again, they found a body in the creek at the south end of the park.

Sheriff's deputies say the autopsy should be done by Saturday. They're still investigating but they say nothing looks suspicious right now.

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