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Body of missing fisherman found in Rifle

Post Independent staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Contributed photoBill Browne

RIFLE, Colo. – Authorities have recovered the body of a 52-year-old fisherman who went missing after falling from a boat into the Colorado River last October.

On Tuesday around 12:45 p.m., the Garfield County Emergency Communications Center was notified of a possible body in the river near the Rifle boat ramp.

Officers from the Rifle Police Department, along with Garfield County Search and Rescue, recovered the body later that afternoon, according to a press release sent by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Friday afternoon.

The body was determined to be that of 52-year-old Bill Browne of Houston, Texas. Browne had been fishing while floating the Colorado River on Oct. 14, 2011, with friends, when their boat struck an overpass pillar.

Browne was thrown from the boat. Efforts to recover his body were suspended after several days of searching.

Also assisting with the body recovery this week were the Rifle Fire Protection District, the Garfield County Coroner and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

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