[UPDATED] Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputies Recover Body from Colorado River
The Mesa County Sheriff's office recovered a body from the Colorado River Wednesday (Aug. 20).
[UPDATE 1:09 PM Aug. 29] The body that was discovered in the river on August 20, 2014 has been positively identified as, Rodney Lee Crumbaker, 57 of Clifton. Positive identification was made with a joint effort from the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, the Grand Junction Police Department, and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
Investigators continue to work to determine the circumstances surrounding Mr. Crumbaker’s death.
The person is an unknown male as young as 45 years old and as old as 75 years old. He was likely a smoker, average to muscular build, had no teeth, 5’ 10” tall and approximately 150 pounds, and appears to be Caucasian or Hispanic.
It appears that he could have been in the water approximately 2 to 6 months.
Anyone with information that can help in establishing this persons identity is being asked to contact Investigator Pete Burg at 970-244-3263.
[Original Information] Deputies were called out around 12:30 pm on Wednesday to the Persigo Wash (seen above) to recover the body found in the Colorado River.
The Mesa County Coroner's office will determine cause and manner of death and make identification.
There is no current investigating involving this discovery.
We'll update this story as more information comes in.