The body of a Larimer County Department of Natural Resources ranger was pulled from Horsetooth Reservoir early Friday morning after an hours-long overnight search.
Brendan Unitt, 27, of La Salle died due to accidental drowning, the Larimer County Coroner’s Office reported late Friday afternoon.
The Larimer County Sheriff's Office said it received a report at 9:18 p.m. Thursday that a ranger was missing after strong winds struck Horsetooth Reservoir.
The ranger’s boat was found on the water, but Unitt, who was on boat patrol, could not be found, which prompted a massive search that included boats, drones, divers and a helicopter.
Unitt’s body was recovered from the water about 3:30 a.m., according to a sheriff's office release Friday morning. Initial reports indicated the search was focused on the area near the Rotary Park parking lot on the east shore of the reservoir, PFA said during the search. The sheriff's office release did not say in what area of the reservoir the ranger's body was located.
RIP Ranger Unitt