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Body pulled from Memorial Park's Prospect Lake identified as missing local author

March 16, 2017 Updated: March 18, 2017 at 7:05 am
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The body pulled from Prospect Lake on March 9 was identified as Stephen French, who also went by Brianna Carlisle. Photo by Kaitlin Durbin, The Gazette.

A body found in Memorial Park's Prospect Lake a week ago has been identified by the El Paso County Coroner's Office.

The body of Brianna Carlisle, 43, was found March 9, according to the Coroner's Office.

About three years ago, Steve French transitioned to Brianna, said Shatasha Honegger, who identified herself as his ex-wife. But at the beginning of this year, Brianna began to transition back to living as Steve, she said.

Honegger described him as "an incredibly kind, caring, loving person" who leaves behind two 17-year-old children, a boy and a girl.

He was "a wonderful, sweet and kind person" who liked to play video games and frequent the Zodiac, a downtown bar and music venue, said Gen Herndon, a friend, in a Facebook message to The Gazette.

In a post shared on Facebook more than 100 times, Herndon wrote that her "best friend Brianna Carlisle aka Steve French" was suicidal and had been missing since Feb. 3.

"Right now they are reversing transition so [sic] looks like Steve more than Brianna," Herndon wrote in the Feb. 5 post, pleading for people to keep an eye out and come forward with information.

Police are not actively investigating the death, said spokesman Lt. Howard Black.

"There's nothing that was suspicious, pending the autopsy," he said.

Multiple nonfiction and fiction books were self-published under the name Steve French, who was "pursuing his lifelong calling as a full-time writer and author" while living "with his dear best-friend, two dogs, and a cat," according to his Amazon biography.

"From paranormal to rattlesnakes to writers of weird fiction, Steve French approaches a number of topics with a unique angle and compelling voice," according to the bio.

A candlelight vigil is being held 6 p.m. Saturday at Prospect Lake, Honegger said. Anyone is welcome to attend.

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Contact Ellie Mulder: 636-0198

Twitter: @lemarie

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