Group searching for missing man finds body in South Platte River

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DENVER — For hours Saturday, 130 volunteers searched meticulously for Adam Gilbertson, who was last seen about 1 a.m. on Dec. 15 at the Syntax Physic Opera on South Broadway.

On Saturday, family spokesman Tess Pfohl confirmed a body found in South Platte River on Friday night is that of Gilbertson.

The Facebook page dedicated to finding Gilbertson has also confirmed this. The Denver Police Department and the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner have not confirmed the body is that of Gilbertson.

The 29-year-old hospice nurse had just moved to Denver from Minnesota four months before his disappearance.

His best friend, Elise Wachendorf, was among those looking for him near Huston Lake.

“We are trying to find an article of Adam’s. His hat. His earbuds. His shoe. His jacket. His wallet. His keys. Anything that we can find that is Adam’s is what we are looking for,” Wachendorf said.

About 2:30 p.m. Saturday, a group found a body in the South Platte River near Alameda Avenue and Interstate 25.

The location is near where Gilbertson lives and was last seen.

“We do have what appears to be a male adult,” police Sgt. John White said. “The body has been here for some time so there is quite a bit of decomposition.

“We do not know who this individual is or if this individual is in fact the party that we have been looking for, Mr. Gilbertson or not, at this point in time.”

A family spokesman said this is the second or third time a body has been found in Denver since Gilbertson went missing.

“(The family is) really shook up right now because they come from another state to see where their boy is and it’s really rough on them. I can’t even imagine,” Mark Wonder said.

Many of the people  who helped search for Gilbertson don’t know him.

“We love Adam and Adam would be out here searching for us and we need to bring Adam home and we will continue searching until he is found,” Wachendorf said.

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