The body of a swimmer who went missing in Rampart Reservoir earlier this week has been recovered, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday.
Efforts by local agencies to locate and rescue the swimmer on Sunday turned to recovery that evening, the sheriff's office said. According to the agency, the swimmer's body was found underwater and recovered around 8:30 a.m. Wednesday by members of the Colorado Springs Police Department and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.
Parts of Rampart Reservoir were closed due to the incident, the sheriff's office said, and information about reopening would come from the United States Forest Service.
According to the Division Parks and Wildlife, this marks the 22nd death to occur in bodies of water statewide for 2021.
Yet another tragic death on Colorado waters. This makes 22 in 2021. And none wore a life jacket. Sad news from the @PSICC_NF's Rampart Reservoir. We are grateful the @COParksWildlife Marine Evidence Recovery Team was able to find and recover the victim. https://t.co/ljuEJDTQo6 pic.twitter.com/q3kapSa11b— CPW SE Region (@CPW_SE) September 8, 2021
Officials have not yet identified the person, and the El Paso County Coroner's Office is performing the autopsy, the sheriff's office said.