Eagle County coroner identifies body of man pulled from Colorado River

By Real Vail
Real AspenJune 20, 2011
The Eagle County coroner this afternoon positively identified the body of man recovered today from the Colorado River as 31-year-old Sterling Prevost of Denver.

Prevost was spotted by the crew of of Colorado National Guard helicopter assisting with the search from the High Altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (HAATS) at the Eagle County Regional Airport.

Prevost fell into the Colorado River near State Bridge Lodge early Sunday morning, according to the Eagle County Sheriff's Office, which also said alcohol may have been a factor in the incident.

Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis said in a release that an autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday and that "the cause and manner of death will not be known until the procedure is complete."

Search and rescue crews from a variety of regional agencies looked for Prevost all day Sunday before calling off the search at 8 p.m.. His body was spotted at 9:45 this morning about two and a half miles downstream from where he reportedly fell in.

Emergency responders are urging extreme caution in and around local streams and rivers as last winter's record snowpack continues to melt in an unusually intense spring runoff.

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