FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 6, 2015
The Travis County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the body found in the Colorado River on July 4 is that of a man who went missing in Little Webberville Park on July 3. Sheriff's Office investigators are working to determine the man's identity, and the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office is conducting an investigation into the cause of death.
Just after 3 p.m. on July 3, the Sheriff's Office received a call from a woman who thought she saw a man go into the Colorado River at Little Webberville Park. She reported that he possibly went into the river and then was gone. He was described as a Hispanic male, in his mid-20s, medium build with medium-length hair.
The Sheriff's Office, Travis County Parks and Wildlife, STAR Flight, Travis County ESD 12, Austin Police Department Aircraft, and Austin-Travis County EMS responded and searched the area, but did not locate the missing man. The following morning, July 4, the Travis County Sheriff's Office Underwater Recovery Team searched approximately a mile of the river for several hours but also did not locate him.
Later that afternoon, at approximately 2 p.m., a couple of kayakers found a man's body in the Colorado River near 1901 Citation Drive. The kayakers notified an individual on shore, and that person called 9-1-1. The Travis County Sheriff's Office, Travis County Medical Examiner's Office, Travis County Fire Rescue, and Austin-Travis County EMS responded. Firefighters from Travis County Fire Rescue recovered the body from the river. The Sheriff's Office continues the investigation into the man's death.
Submitted By: Lisa Block, Public Information Officer, (512) 854-7954