5-year-old drowning victim identified

— An autopsy has confirmed that a 5-year-old boy drowned after falling into a pond in the southernmost part of Routt County on Thursday.

Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis identified the boy as Colt Neuer. She handled the case because the boy was taken to Vail Valley Medical Center.

Eagle County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jessie Mosher said Colt, his two brothers and his parents were caretakers at a ranch in the area for the summer. It is thought they are Illinois residents.

Emergency responders from Eagle County were called to the Copper Spur Ranch off Copper Spur Road near the Eagle-Routt border shortly before noon Thursday after Colt went missing. Colt reportedly was last seen by his two older brothers standing on the dock of a pond, and he had been missing for about five minutes.

Routt County officials were dispatched to the area at about 12:15 p.m.

A diver found the child at about 2:30 p.m. Emergency responders attempted to revive the child, who was flown by the Colorado National Guard to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

“This incident was a very tragic accident and the sympathies of the public safety community are with the victim’s family,” the press release states.

The other agencies involved in the incident were the Routt County Sheriff’s Office, Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, Gypsum Fire Protection District, Vail Mountain Rescue, Eagle County Paramedic Services, and Routt County Search and Rescue.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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