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Rafter found dead in northern Colorado's Poudre River ID'd

Posted at 8:29 PM, Jul 25, 2019

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities have confirmed that a body recovered from northern Colorado's Poudre River is that of a rafter who went missing late last month.

The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports 57-year-old David Smith's body was found near Poudre Park on Tuesday afternoon. The Fort Collins man went missing after his raft capsized about 4 miles upstream June 29.

Search and rescue crews looked for him along 12 miles of the river, using a drone, a helicopter and divers.

Smith's death marks the second on the Poudre this year. Less than a week after Smith went missing, 26-year-old Matthew Spates, also of Fort Collins, drowned in the river.


Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan,