Friends, co-workers mourn missing Frisco man |

Friends, co-workers mourn missing Frisco man

Bob Berwyn
Vail CO, Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado ” Adam Brown, the young man who fell overboard in Dillon Reservoir Wednesday and is presumed drowned, was a long-time employee of Neils Lunceford in Silverthorne.

“He was our irrigation manager. He was a joy to have here on staff,” said Michelle Mierzykowski, who, as office manager for the landscaping firm worked closely with Brown.

“We will miss him terribly. Every year that he came back we were pleased to have him … we’ve been trying to keep everyone here apprised,” she said.

Mierzykowski said Brown started working for Neils Lunceford seasonally in 2002, spending his winter working at Copper Mountain.

“He was very much loved … open, gregarious, social and approachable and interactive and appreciative of the people he worked with.He had a sharp wit about him, and was mature beyond his years,” Mierzykowski said, adding that Brown just turned 26 on July 17.

“He was an avid Colts fan and an avid golfer. He shared that passion with his brother, and his father, who was a professional golfer,” she said.

The search for Brown resumed Friday morning at 8 a.m., according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. Colorado State Park Rangers from Denver arrived with their boat equipped with a side scan sonar system, a more sophisticated system than used by the local rescue team. In addition to the sonar deployment, search dogs also searched the shoreline.

This week, Summit County sheriff’s deputies determined the boat’s driver, Frisco resident Kevin Lukanski, was intoxicated.

Lukanski, 35, was arrested on suspicion of operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol and was taken to the Summit County Jail.

He was released on a $1,000 bond shortly after his arrest. Lukanski is a 14-year employee of Copper Mountain Ski Resort and recently was named best ski patroller in the state by trade organization Colorado Ski Country USA.

Ryan Slabaugh and Ashley Dickson contributed to this report.

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