Body of missing rafter found in Arkansas River |

Body of missing rafter found in Arkansas River

Janice Kurbjun
summit daily news
Grand County, CO Colorado
Summit Daily News/Mark Fox

BUENA VISTA – The body of missing rafter Kimberly Appelson was located at about 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Frog Rock area of the Arkansas River.

Officials present at the scene estimated that the body recovery would take approximately an hour after it was spotted by members of the Colorado

Springs Fire Department Dive Team.

Appelson, 23 at the time, was a first-year Arkansas Valley Adventures raft guide who was ejected from a raft at an area of the river known as Frog Rock

during a recreational excursion. She was off duty at the time of the accident.

Frog Rock is known to contain a potentially deadly underwater rock feature known as a sieve, which officials believed was where Appelson’s body

remained trapped since the July 11 incident. It was the focal point of the recovery search that began at noon Wednesday.

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