The body of a 43-year-old man, who went missing Thursday afternoon, was recovered from Boggs Creek Cove Saturday morning at Lake Pueblo State Park.

Jack Nelson, from Fountain, was identified as the man who drowned, said Abbie Walls, a spokeswoman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

Walls said the body was found around 9:30 a.m. and taken from the water about an hour later. The south boat ramp to get into the reservoir was closed while Nelson's body was removed.

The search for Nelson, 43, began Thursday afternoon, after witnesses said he jumped into Boggs Creek Cove from an inflatable raft, Walls said.

He was not wearing a life jacket at the time. Swimming in the main reservoir at the park is prohibited, Walls said, and is only allowed below the dam at the Rock Canyon Swim Beach.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife Rangers found "a point of interest" in the reservoir Friday evening, Walls said, but inclement weather did not allow the search effort to go on. The search resumed Saturday morning around 8 a.m. and the Pueblo County Sheriff's Dive Team and advanced sonar technology were used in the effort.


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