Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office: body of juvenile male found in Arkansas River

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CHAFFEE COUNTY, Colo. – The body of a juvenile boy was found Friday afternoon in the Arkansas River according to the Chaffee County Sheriff. Rescue crews have been searching for an 11-year-old boy from Golden who went missing after a rafting accident on the Arkansas on Wednesday.

Sheriff John Spezze said the body was found in the same set of rapids where the 11-year-old fell into the river.

The Chaffee County Coroner will work to make a positive identification on the body and determine the cause of death.

UPDATE: Chaffee County Coroner: Body found in Arkansas River was young boy in rafting accident

The missing boy was on a commercial rafting trip with The Adventure Company when there was an accident at the Big Drop Rapids, a class 3 section about 11 miles north of Salida, about 3:40 p.m.

The Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office said three people fell into the river after the raft high sided. Two of the rafters were pulled to safety by other rafts.

The search also took place in Fremont County, downstream from where the boy fell into the Arkansas River.