Divers recover body of teen who jumped into diversion dam along Pecos River

(KRQE News 13)
Pecos River **File // KRQE News 13**

FORT SUMNER, N.M. (KRQE) – Divers with New Mexico State Police have located the body of a missing 19-year-old near Fort Sumner Sunday.

State Police say Friday around 9 p.m. they responded to assist the De Baca County Sheriff’s Department in a search along the Pecos River.

After arriving on-scene, police learned that Colton Sawyer-Alexander of Tularosa jumped into a diversion dam along the Pecos River north of U.S. Highway 60 and never resurfaced.

Sawyer-Alexander was with two friends at the time.

According to the De Baca County Sheriff’s Department, Sunday morning around 7:15 a.m., State Police Search and Recovery Dive Team started working to recover the teen’s body about a quarter mile away from where he was last seen.

De Baca County Sheriff’s Department says over 100 volunteers assisted in the search, included search parties in the air as well as on horseback.

No further details are available at this time.

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