Drowning victim at Kenney Reservoir identified as Colorado School of Mines student

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RANGELY, Colo. — Authorities have identified the 32-year-old man who drowned in Kenney Reservoir on Wednesday as a petroleum engineering student at Colorado School of Mines.

The body of Francis Manu was recovered late Wednesday night after a day swimming with friends.

At about 5 p.m., a friend flagged down a Rio Blanco County sheriff’s deputy, saying Manu had slid into the water off the cliffs and had not resurfaced.

A witness said Manu had been underwater for about five minutes. Friends who witnessed the incident jumped in to attempt to rescue Manu but were unable to find him.

Divers recovered Manu’s body from approximately 30 feet of water around 8:20 p.m. Wednesday.

An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday in Grand Junction.

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