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Gazette Premium Content Body recovered from Sand Creek after flood ID'd

By Andrea Sinclair Updated: September 19, 2013 at 9:50 am

James Nelson Bettner, 47, has been identified as the man whose body was found in the West Fork of Sand Creek Monday, Colorado Springs police said.

Bettner's identity was released by the El Paso County Coroner's Office Thursday after next-of-kin notification was completed. Bettner drowned accidentally, according to the coroner.

Bettner was the second person in El Paso County and the sixth statewide killed by flooding that began last week. Last Thursday, the body of 54-year-old Danny "Mike" Davis, from Amarillo, Texas, was recovered from Fountain Creek.

Sand Creek, which runs north-south through eastern Colorado Springs, often is dry but recent torrential rains caused it to swell to dangerous levels. Stream flows at the mouth of the creek peaked at 137 cubic feet per second and water reached 2.73 feet deep at 4:15 p.m. Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

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