Body found in Main Reservoir in Lakewood

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A couple fishing with their children spotted a dead body in Main Reservoir on Saturday.

“We were having fun all morning, laughing and catching fish,” Charlene Borrego said. “Just to see somebody down there in the lake, I felt bad for him. I’m thinking that God wanted him to be found. His image is in my head.”

Borrego and Cosme Baca spotted the body, called Lakewood police and tried to clear the area.

“I told (Borrego) right away to call the cops and I told the kids to get off the dock. There were a lot of kids there,” Baca said.

Lakewood police shut down the dock area while a dive team confirmed it was a man’s body in the water and a crime scene investigation began.

“We have to treat it as a possible crime scene so therefore they want to preserve the evidence as much as possible for the crime lab to process,” said Andrea Joo of the Lakewood Police Department.

The rest of the reservoir stayed open, with many onlookers at the popular fishing spot and outdoor trail in Lakewood.

After wrapping up the crime scene investigation, police removed the body from the water around 4 p.m. Police say they do not suspect foul play, but the investigation is ongoing.

There is a report of a missing man in the area. Michael Edlin, 49, had been missing since Feb. 10 and a search team was looking for Edlin on Saturday. Some of the searchers showed up to the reservoir and appeared to be very upset.

Lakewood police said they won’t know the identity of the man for a few days because the coroner will have to wait until Monday to perform the autopsy.

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