Body dragged from Colorado River |

Body dragged from Colorado River

Matt Zalaznick

Kenneth Ledford, a 56-year-old construction worker who lived in the Burns area, was pronounced dead at 9:30 p.m. after his body was pulled from the river about six miles from where the car went in the water, Eagle County Deputy Coroner Kara Bettis said.

“The car slipped into the river and landed on all fours, but a man was missing from the wreck,” Bettis said. “Tuesday, we found the man who was missing.”

Ledford apparently lived with a female companion in a bus outside of Burns, Bettis said.

He appears to be the only person involved in the crash, which is still under investigation, authorities said.

Ledford had been working for SEMA construction for the past six years. He was working on the Village at Avon shopping complex in east Avon.

Ledford’s supervisor, Jerry Irons, described Ledford as a hard and reliable worker.

“He was a really loyal employee,” Irons said. “We all got along with Ken really well. He was a pretty good guy and we’ll sure miss him.”

Whether Ledford’s body had been in the water the entire five days since the crash will be determined this week by an autopsy, Bettis said.

The body was discovered by picnickers Tuesday evening about 17 miles up the Colorado River Road from the Dotsero Interstate 70 interchange, Bettis said.

The crash occurred about five miles further up the river road, Bettis said.

Matt Zalaznick covers public safety, Eagle County Courts and Avon/ Beaver Creek. He can be reached at 949-0555, next. 606, or via e-mail at

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