No foul play in Eagle River death |

No foul play in Eagle River death

J.K. Perry

EAGLE ” Police said they are ruling out foul play in the death of 30-year-old Manuel Gomez-Gonzalez, who was found dead in the Eagle River Sunday morning.

“Based on the evidence collected and interviews, we have nothing to suggest there was foul play involved,” said Rick Sliger, Eagle police chief.

Investigators still aren’t sure when Gomez-Gonzalez fell from the Eby Creek Road bridge into the Eagle River, Sliger said.

The county coroner, Kara Bettis, said Gomez-Gonzalez suffered blunt-force injuries to the head and neck in an accidental fall. Bettis said she believes the injuries were caused when Gomez-Gonzalez landed in the river.

Autopsy results show Gomez-Gonzalez was drunk at the time of death. Police have details of Gomez-Gonzalez’s activities since 8 p.m. Saturday, but refused to release those details, “because we’re looking into some other issues associated with that,” Sliger said.

Bettis said she would not speculate whether intoxication was a factor in Gomez-Gonzalez’s fall.

“It’s hard to know if that’s exactly what happened,” she said.

Gomez-Gonzalez lived in Eagle and was a framer for seven years at Caribou Mountain Development.

“I have nothing bad to say about him ” he was just an awesome individual. It’s such a sad story,” Caribou owner Brady Calpon said.

Gomez-Gonzalez’s nearest relatives live in California and were traveling to Eagle on Tuesday, sources said.

Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14622, or

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