JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A man who died after being swept away in Clear Creek on Sunday has been identified.
The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office said Tuesday that Jesus Mario Baca-Estrada, 28, of Denver drowned in the fast-flowing water.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded about 5:30 p.m. that Baca-Estrada was swept away by a current just east of Tunnel 1 on Highway 6.
The coroner’s office said Baca-Estrada’s family said he stepped back off a bank and went into the rapids. He was not wearing a life vest.
His body was found near a pedestrian bridge just west of Highways 6 and 93 about a mile downstream. Baca-Estrada’s death was ruled an accident.
At least 19 people have died on Colorado rivers and reservoirs this year.