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Eagle-Vail man found dead in pool

Geraldine Haldner

A 30-year-old Eagle-Vail resident was found dead at the bottom of a Lionshead swimming pool early Saturday morning.

Vail police said Monday that David Eaton, a snowboard instructor and avid kayaker and mountaineer, was last seen by friends at 4 a.m. Saturday morning.

Vail Police Detective Sergeant Mike Warren said it appears Eaton had been in Lionshead Friday evening attending a Vail Resorts1 end-of-season employee appreciation party. At some point in the early morning hours of Saturday he gained access to the outdoor pool at the Landmark Condominiums in Lionshead.

Maintenance workers at the Landmark found him in the pool at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, Warren said.

3The maintenance crew pulled the pool-cover back and discovered him at the bottom of the pool,² Warren said.

The pool is routinely covered after pool hours, and access to the pool area can only be gained through the condominium1s lobby with a membership card, Warren said.

3The pool is up on the second floor, elevated above the General Store, where the old Charthouse used to be,² Warren said. 3The only way to access it without a card is to climb a wall or go through the hotel.²

Investigators believe Eaton used a pipe at the facility to scale the 10-foot-high wall.

Beyond that, investigators don1t know much about Eaton1s whereabouts leading up to his death.

3We are still interviewing people. People are calling and stopping by,² Warren said. 3He may have been in bars before he died, we don1t know yet.²

Eaton1s body was found undressed in the pool. His clothes were left near the hot tub next to the pool, Warren said.

Kara Bettis, deputy coroner for Eagle County, said an autopsy revealed cause of death to be 3asphyxia from drowning.²

An autopsy was performed Monday morning. A toxicology report won1t be available before Wednesday, Bettis said, adding that alcohol or drugs cannot be ruled out as a factor in Eaton1s death until the toxicology results are available. No injuries were found on Eaton1s body, Bettis said.

Warren would not say if foul-play has been ruled out, citing an ongoing investigation.

As to whether Eaton had been drinking, Warren said he would not speculate.

Vail Resorts1 spokeswoman Jen Brown declined to say whether Eaton indeed worked for the ski company and if he had been at the company party.

3Our company policy is to not comment on events still under investigation,² she said.

Warren said police investigators are still looking for people who had seen and spent time with Eaton, are familiar with his habits or saw him late Friday night or early Saturday morning.

Anyone with information on Eaton1s death is asked to contact Vail Police Detective Paul Barben at 479-2339.

Geraldine Haldner covers Vail, Minturn and Red Cliff. She can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 602 or at ghaldner@vaildaily.com.

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