Missing man found dead near New Castle | VailDaily.com

Missing man found dead near New Castle

Dennis Webb

NEW CASTLE – The body of a man who was last seen at the hot pots in Glenwood Springs Friday has been found in the Colorado River west of New Castle.Initial findings Thursday from an autopsy indicate Edgar Hernandez González vila, 22, died from drowning, said Glenwood Springs police chief Terry Wilson.A commercial rafting company spotted González’s body near the riverbank about three miles west of New Castle Wednesday evening, and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Department recovered the body.Earlier that day, a fisherman had discovered González’s wallet with some identification and money in it in a river eddy by Devereux Road in West Glenwood.Wilson said that discovery had prompted police to contact Garfield County Search and Rescue about making plans to search the river.Police had held off on making such a request earlier because of uncertainty about whether González had even fallen in the river, and when that might have occurred. Wilson said it’s hard to know how big of a stretch of river to search when the exact time of someone’s disappearance isn’t known.González was last seen at about 10 p.m. Friday at the hot pots along the river, near the main Interstate 70 interchange in Glenwood.Wilson said there’s a good possibility González had been drinking. Results of toxicology testing will be available in a couple of weeks.He said the autopsy found nothing suspicious related to González’s death. There were no obvious signs of trauma, injury or assault. However, police are continuing to investigate the case.Wilson said police will be working with González’s family and friends “to get as complete a picture as we can of what happened.”González’s friend and roommate, Francisco Lopez, said he didn’t know if González knew how to swim.He said he had known González since González was about 2 or 3. The two shared the same hometown in the state of Durango in Mexico.”It’s like he’s part of my family,” Lopez said.González was married and had three children, Lopez said. He painted houses for a living, and he and Lopez had spent much of the last month fishing on area reservoirs in their spare time, Lopez said.”He was a very quiet person, friendly, a happy guy,” Lopez said.Lopez said he is hoping to send González’s body back to his family in Mexico. Anyone wanting to help defray the cost can contact him at 230-0260.Vail, Colorado

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