Missing 26-year-old discovered under ice at crash site
The RCMP F Division Underwater Recovery Team located the body of 26-yearold Colton Koop on the weekend, three weeks after the truck he was driving crashed through a guardrail and into the Swift Current Creek.
RCMP report the body was discovered at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at a location upstream from the location where a 2014 Red Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck crashed through a guard-rail and entered the creek on November 16. An investigation is continuing into the incident.
The Swift Current Municipal RCMP had held a press conference on Friday asking for the public’s assistance as they were expanding their efforts in their missing persons investigation into the whereabouts of Koop.
“We don’t know where Colton is. That’s why we’ve asked the Underwater Recovery Team to come back. The initial morning of the incident we had information that he had made contact with people, so when our Underwater Recovery Team arrived to remove the vehicle from the creek that day, we did not ask them to go under water because of the risks that are involved in doing that,” Staff Sgt. Gary Hodges said during that Friday morning press conference. “Now that we have been able to investigate and follow up on all those leads, we’ve determined that that information was not correct, so we’ve asked the dive team, the Underwater Recovery Team to come back and check and see what else they can find under the water.”
Their initial investigation into this incident had determined this accident may have occurred as early as 2 a.m. that morning but was not reported to police until 6 a.m. however, the exact time of the incident is not known. The RCMP Police Dog Service from Swift Current was also utilized on the morning of this incident to search the areas around the creek. No one was located as a result of that search.