Two drowning deaths in Jeffco over wet weekend

Woman in Lakewood and man in Clear Creek Canyon swept away

Staff report
Posted 7/22/19

It was a deadly weekend for Jefferson County, with water runoff likely causing two deaths. Lakewood resident Jeannette Reynolds, 38, died over the weekend due to a possible drowning, according to the …

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Two drowning deaths in Jeffco over wet weekend

Woman in Lakewood and man in Clear Creek Canyon swept away

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It was a deadly weekend for Jefferson County, with water runoff likely causing two deaths.

Lakewood resident Jeannette Reynolds, 38, died over the weekend due to a possible drowning, according to the Lakewood Police Department.

The department and West Metro Fire Rescue responded to a call near West 12th Avenue and Miller Court in Lakewood as flash flooding ensued in the area on July 20 at around 4:55 p.m. Reynolds' body was discovered the following morning.

The Jefferson County Coroner's Office is performing an autopsy to determine the cause of death. 

Also on July 21, a man wading in Clear Creek Canyon west of Golden was reported as being swept downstream by the river's current.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the man was wading without a life jacket, along with a group of people in Clear Creek near Tunnel 1, on U.S. 6. The sheriff's office was notified that rescue efforts were needed at about 5:30 p.m., said Jenny Fulton, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

Arvada Fire's Swift Water Rescue located the man some time later near the pedestrian bridge just west of the intersection of U.S. 6 and Highway 93 in Golden, roughly an hour and a half later. He was removed from the water, and after the rescuers attempted CPR efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

As of press time, the man's name has not been released by authorities, pending notification of his family.

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