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Man dead after drowning in John Martin Reservoir Tuesday

Possible Drowning
Posted at 2:48 PM, Jul 09, 2024

BENT COUNTY — A man is dead after drowning in John Martin Reservoir Tuesday, according to the Bent County Sheriff's Office.

According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) they received a report around 10 a.m. Tuesday of an abandoned truck and trailer near the boat ramp of the reservoir. They also say they saw what looked like a body floating face down in the water.

CPW says they recovered the man's body. They say he was not wearing a life jacket.

According to the sheriff's office, the man has been identified as 65-year-old Tony Mills of Bethune, a town east of Limon located near the Kansas border.

They say Mills was working on his boat alone when he fell and hit his head.

In a Facebook post around noon, the sheriff's office said they were investigating.

According to CPW's unofficial tally of water-related deaths, the state is on track to surpass the 2022 record of 42 deaths.


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