Body found during search for rafter |

Body found during search for rafter

PALISADE ” Search teams in Mesa County recovered a body Monday during efforts to find a man who disappeared while rafting with his girlfriend over the weekend.

Authorities found the body in the Colorado River between Palisade and Clifton just before 11 a.m.

Officials were awaiting positive identification to determine whether the body was that of Ricky Crewse.

Crewse, 29, had gone rafting with his girlfriend and her two children Saturday evening when their inflatable rafts capsized near a diversion dam in Palisade.

The woman and children made it to a river bank and could see Crewse still holding on to his raft, but he was no longer visible when rescuers arrived.

Crewse’s empty raft was found Sunday near Palisade High School.

He was not wearing a life preserver.

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