Divers with the Mesa County Search and Rescue team assisted Montrose Police on Tuesday with the recovery of the body of 17-year old Montrose resident Luis Eduardo Estrada-Juarez. His body was recovered from the pond in Taviwach Park north of Montrose in the afternoon of July 23, 2013 by the combined efforts of personnel from the Montrose Fire Protection District, the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office and Sheriff’s Posse, the Montrose Police Department and the Public Safety Dive Services of Grand Junction. He is the apparent victim of a swimming accident that occurred just before midnight on Monday. Detectives are still collecting information from the teens that were at the site when the victim entered the water and drowned.
The Uncompahgre River can appear deceptively small but its current rapid and its channel contains weeds, tree limbs, and other debris. In spite of its ribbon like appearance the water is deadly and swimming in it is prohibited in city limits and throughout Montrose County.
With the onset of summer and hot temperatures, Montrose Police Chief Thomas Chinn urges residents and visitors to be extremely cautious around water.