Body Found in Arkansas River

Investigators are trying to determine if a body found in the Arkansas River in southern Colorado is that of a man who went missing after a rafting accident June 28.

Sgt. Megan Richards with the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says the body was found east of Florence on Friday, and an autopsy is scheduled. She says investigators aren’t sure if the body is that of 31-year-old Eric Ashby, of Colorado Springs.

A photographer who was working in the Royal Gorge section of the river on that day saw a man apparently drown, but a search did not turn up any signs of the victim. It wasn’t until 10 days later that one of Ashby’s friends reported the accident.

Fremont County Sheriff Jim Beicker says four of Ashby’s friends who were in the raft were afraid to come forward.

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