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Gazette Premium Content Body of alleged bank robber recovered from Arkansas River

News services Updated: July 21, 2014 at 5:05 pm
2 photos photo - Crews have been searching the Arkansas River in Pueblo for Jeffrey Cathcart since Thursday. (Courtesy Pueblo Police Department) + caption
Crews have been searching the Arkansas River in Pueblo for Jeffrey Cathcart since Thursday. (Courtesy Pueblo Police Department)
News services Updated: July 21, 2014 at 5:05 pm • Published: July 21, 2014

Our news partners at KKTV are reporting that crews have recovered a body from the Arkansas River near Runyon Lake in Pueblo on Monday, but they aren't saying if the body is that of alleged bank robber Jeffrey Cathcart, who reportedly jumped in and disappeared during a chase with police Thursday....

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Crews have recovered a body from the Arkansas River near Runyon Lake in Pueblo on Monday.

The Pueblo Police Department issued a release saying the body of alleged bank robber Jeffrey Cathcart, who reportedly jumped in and disappeared during a chase with police Thursday, was recovered Monday morning.

Police said a body was seen Sunday night before recovery was made Monday.

"A large amount of cash, the exact amount stolen from the bank, was found upon Cathcart when he was retrieved from the river," the press release stated.

According to our news partners at KKTV, Cathcart allegedly robbed the Security Service Federal Credit Union on the 300 block of East Abriendo in Pueblo Thursday afternoon, then ran to the trail along the Arkansas River to get away. Witnesses pointed police in that direction and the officers soon caught up to him. Just as they started to close in on him near the Santa Fe Bridge, the suspect reportedly dived into the river.

A witness who saw the whole thing told 11 News that at first the suspect seemed confident that he had escaped police, going so far as to climbing onto a cement slab in the middle of the river and taunting officers.

But when Cathcart jumped back into the water, he never resurfaced. A police spokesman says the man may have been caught in the undertow.

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