Miss­ing 26-year-old dis­cov­ered un­der ice at crash site

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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.

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