Denver teen dies during Grand County camping trip |

Denver teen dies during Grand County camping trip

William Betts, a 19-year-old Denver man, died over the weekend in Grand County during a camping excursion near the Sugarloaf Campground area close to Ute Pass.

An autopsy was conducted Monday on Betts which revealed no specific cause of death. An investigation to determine an exact cause of death is ongoing.

According to officials from the Grand County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO), Betts and a group of his friends were camping near the Sugarloaf Campground area off County Road 341. During a hike on Saturday one of Betts’ friends watched Betts begin to have what he described as a seizure as the party crossed the South Fork River. He then watched as Betts fell in the river before turning over onto his face in the water.

Officials from the GCSO confirmed the death was not the result of a drowning as there was insufficient water in Betts’ lungs to induce drowning.

According to officials Betts’ companions began administering CPR, loaded him onto a Jeep and began evacuating him towards Silverthorne. Authorities said the area where the incident occurred has no cell service, but after the group reached cell service an emergency call was made and emergency services were dispatched.

Betts was taken to St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Summit County where he was pronounced dead shortly after 2 p.m. Saturday.


The Grand County Coroner’s Office has revealed Betts died from complications related to an acute asthma attack.

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