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Report ID# 3980

  • Pinned in Boat Against Strainer
  • Does not Apply
  • Other

Accident Description

Officials: Body found in Boulder Creek may be that of missing tuber Chris Danko

By Alex Burness Staff Writer, Boulder News

Rescue divers were called to east Boulder on Tuesday evening to recover what officials believe to be the body of a missing tuber in Boulder Creek. Officials said the body may be that of Chris Danko, a 35-year-old Boulder man who went missing in May after tubing late at night. A hiker saw the body in the water Tuesday and called 911, according to Sgt. Dave Booton of the Boulder County Sheriff's Office. Crews began to stage in the area of Valmont Road and 57th Street around 7:30 p.m. "There is a chance it could be the person who went in the water May 12 that we've been looking for since then," Booton said.

Danko was last seen struggling with his inner tube on the swollen creek the night of May 12. Rescue teams were called off the day after Danko was reported missing, as their search had turned up no sign of him. The Boulder County coroner will perform an autopsy and identify the body. Rose Danko, the missing man's mother, who lives in Connecticut, said Tuesday night: "This news brings us to a point of closure, assuming it's him. I'm grateful he's out of that cold water, but I'm also in shock." She said the past six weeks of uncertainty have been very difficult."I cry a lot," she said.

Personnel responding Tuesday included members of Boulder Emergency Squad, Longmont Emergency Unit, Boulder Rural Fire Protection District, Boulder Fire Department, Boulder Mountain Parks and Open Space, Boulder police and American Medical Response Ambulance.

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