Glenwood Springs child feared drowned

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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. — The Glenwood Springs Police Department received a 911 call reporting a missing person in the Colorado River on Sunday, July 1. Early Wednesday morning, it was feared that child had drowned.

Several emergency crews responded to the call, which went out at approximately 4:06 p.m. at a location near the South Canyon boat launch area reporting that 12-year-old Richard Irving Buchanan had gone missing. Crews searched for three days with as many as 16 Search and Rescue members on the scene Monday evening.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent is now reporting that witnesses on the river Sunday reported seeing the youngster on a tube struggling with water and then seeing him sink below the surface.

Richard is an immigrant from Jamaica set to enter seventh grade this fall and was tubing with his stepfather, Tim Heiney, and his sister, Rischma Buchanan, 19, when he went missing Sunday.

Heiney reported that he was helping Rischma with some minor injuries — a scraped knee and a torn-off fingernail — when Richard floated out of site. When Heiney made it to the South Canyon Bridge, he found Richard’s tube floating without him in it.

Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario said if Richard’s body is not discovered, it will likely surface somewhere along the river in the next two days.