Search for Denver school official’s body will resume Friday |

Search for Denver school official’s body will resume Friday

Tom McGhee
The Denver Post
Denver, CO Colorado
Denver Post photoEric M. Kophs is "a fantastic man" who was close to his teenage son, Ryan, also a skilled rafter and angler

Grand County authorities have given up hope of finding alive a Cherry Creek School District official who fell from a raft in a stretch of Colorado River white water last week.

Sheriff Rodney Johnson said the search to find Eric M. Kophs, 42, an avid outdoors man and district director of elementary education, has become a “recovery effort.”

The Bureau of Land Management, which routinely sends personnel to ride down the river on weekends, will begin searching for his body on Friday as they perform their regular duties, Johnson said.

Grand County Search and Rescue and the Grand County Sheriff’s Office suspended the search for Kophs on Monday.

“We don’t have all the manpower in the world to sustain a search like that,” Johnson said.

The search began on Saturday southwest of Kremmling after he disappeared in the Needles Eye rapids.

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