Body of missing man found

The search for a missing Craig man came to a tragic end Friday evening at Elkhead Reservoir, northeast of Craig.

The body of Ray "Flip" Tipton was found, in Tipton's pickup, under 18 feet of water. The accident is under investigation by the Colorado State Patrol, but preliminary indications are that Tipton died of drowning, and suicide is not suspected, according to Trooper Brad Keadle of the state patrol.

"We're still investigating, and the autopsy is being done in Denver today," Keadle said. Keadle also said that Tipton was apparently attempting to escape the vehicle after it became submerged, but he became lodged in the cab's rear window.

A local man called authorities Friday evening after reading about the missing man in the Daily Press. He reported having seen what appeared to be gas or oil in the water several days earlier.

The Moffat County Sheriff's Office and the State parks Patrol responded to the area, finding evidence leading them to believe the vehicle may have driven off the dirt road and into the water.

A diver from the Sheriff's Office posse unit located the truck, and once it was removed from the water, the body of Tipton was recovered.

The incident is being investigated as a traffic accident, and no cause has yet been determined, according to Keadle.

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