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Missing kayaker identified; search called off

The Associated Press

DURANGO – The search has been called off for a kayaker missing since Saturday in a stretch of Vallecito Creek so treacherous its difficulty rating remains uncertain.

Adam Matthew Barron, 30, of Boulder was identified Monday as the man missing since his kayak overturned, La Plata County Emergency Manager Butch Knowlton said.

Knowlton said the search has been called off, adding Barron’s body might be found when water levels drop off after the spring thaw.

Several kayakers have not seen a sign of Barron down the one-mile stretch of whitewater above the Vallecito Campground on rapids rated at between a Class 2 and a Class 5, one of the most difficult type of rapids to navigate.

If confirmed dead, Barron would be the first to die in the creek, which recently gained notoriety among kayakers, Knowlton said.

Knowlton said he would post pictures on the county’s Emergency Management website to help kayakers understand the creek’s dangers.

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