Update: During the first half of May, Boulder's Chris Danko disappeared while tubing on Boulder Creek. See our previous coverage below.
More than six weeks have passed since the search for Danko was discontinued.
Last night, however, a body was recovered from the creek — and the Boulder County coroner's office is checking to see if it might be Danko.
At about 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, a resident who Fox31 says was walking his dog called emergency dispatch about what he thought was a body in the water near Valmont Road and 61st Street.
The caller wasn't sure if the body was a human or an animal.
However, multiple agencies responded to the scene, including the Boulder Emergency Squad, Longmont Emergency Unit, Boulder Rural Fire Protection District, Boulder Fire Department, Boulder Mountain Parks and Open Space, Boulder Police and an American Medical Response Ambulance.
Around 8:30 p.m., the BCSO sent out an update with a straight-forward first sentence:
"The body in the creek has been confirmed to be that of a human."
The release added: "They are in recovery mode at this time. The person they have found is deceased."
By shortly after 9 p.m., the body had been recovered.
The BCSO noted that the coroner would seek to identify next of kin and determine the cause of death.
Here's a Fox31 report from the scene, followed by our earlier post about Danko.
However, our recent wet spell has caused several Colorado rivers to flood on a smaller scale, and waters are running high enough to be more dangerous than usual.
Case in point: Boulder's Chris Danko was swept away while tubing in Boulder Creek Monday evening, and after a vigorous attempt by rescue personnel to find him failed, the search has been called off.
Photos, video and details below.
Danko's Facebook page notes that he's originally from Bridgeport, Connecticut. His LinkedIn describes him as a network/system administrator currently working for Robert Half Technology in Denver.
Here's a photo from the LinkedIn page....
...as well as a more casual shot....
...shared by the Boulder Police Department.
The BPD notes that a friend of Danko's last saw him tubing in the creek behind Boulder Community Hospital, near the intersection of 47th and Arapahoe Road, just before 8:30 p.m. on Monday, May 11. He'd been following along, riding his skateboard on the creek path, when Danko disappeared.
According to 7News, the friend said Danko had been drinking and smoking marijuana before wading into the water over his objections. "Dude," the friend is quoted as yelling, "don't get in!"
The search for Danko started that evening, with teams from the Boulder Police Department and Boulder Fire-Rescue looking until around 1 a.m. Tuesday.
Efforts started up again at 8:30 a.m., with authorities taking part eventually including personnel from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, Longmont Emergency Unit, Boulder Rural Fire Department and rangers from Open Space and Mountain Parks.
These attempts turned up no sign of Danko, and they were discontinued at around 4 p.m. yesterday.
Danko is described as a 35-year-old, six-foot, 195 pound white male with brown hair and blue eyes. If you have any information about his whereabouts, you're encouraged to contact Boulder police dispatch at 303-441-3333.
In the meantime, our thoughts are with Danko's family, friends and loved ones.
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