The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kirk Mitchell

The body of a per­son ap­par­ently linked to a botched pickup theft was found five days after a po­lice search ended on the banks of the Colorado River near a bloody knife.

Au­thor­i­ties say they dis­cov­ered the body at about 3:30 p.m. Christ­mas Eve in the Colorado River west of New Cas­tle, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment re­leased Mon­day by the Garfield County Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment.

Searchers re­cov­ered the body by 5:30 p.m. Satur­day, the state­ment said. Au­thor­i­ties did not say whether it was a man or a woman.

A Honda Ridge­line pickup was re­ported stolen from a drive­way at 43001 U.S. 6 on Dec. 19. The thief crashed the truck into a fence gate near exit 109 of In­ter­state 70 the same day. Garfield County deputies were dis­patched to exit 109 and used dogs to search for the sus­pect. The dogs fol­lowed the sus­pect’s trail to the river.

On Tues­day, a dog from the sher­iff ’s depart­ment led deputies to an area where they dis­cov­ered the sus­pect’s wal­let, cloth­ing, pools of blood and tracks lead­ing to the river. The fol­low­ing day, they dis­cov­ered a bloody knife in the area where they had found blood.

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