CPW recovers body of deceased female at Jackson Lake State Park
The remains were immediately turned over to the Morgan County Coroner for identification and determination of a cause of death.
A search and rescue operation was initiated on Thursday, July 4, within minutes of park staff being notified of an accident involving a personal watercraft (PWC) at 4 p.m. Four persons were riding a jet ski, two with personal flotation devices, two without, when it tipped over. Three persons from the PWC were recovered, while one went missing.
CPW officials and emergency services personnel searched for the missing person that evening until midnight. The search continued Friday from 5 a.m. until midnight, using sonar, dive teams, and underwater ROV equipment.
CPW officials recovered the body underwater early Saturday morning, approximately 150-200 yards off the boat ramp.
"We offer our condolences to the family and friends of this person," said Jackson Lake Park Manager Tyler Sewald. "I appreciate the efforts of our park staff and thank the fire departments, dive team and sheriff's office for their hard work at the scene during this operation. The support of the community and park visitors was outstanding and assisted us in this operation.”
Assisting with the recovery efforts were the Williams Fire Department, Platte Valley Fire Department and its dive team, the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office and Morgan County ambulance service.