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September 18, 2016

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Stolen vehicle recovered from Gross Reservoir

A vehicle stolen from Jefferson County in the spring of 2015 was located in Gross Reservoir during a training exercise last weekend.

Boulder County, Colo. - On Saturday, September 17, a stolen vehicle was recovered from Gross Reservoir after a day-long recovery effort. The vehicle, a 2002 Volvo station-wagon, was discovered last weekend during a Boulder Emergency Squad dive training exercise at Gross Reservoir west of Boulder. The vehicle was found submerged in the reservoir, approximately 70 feet below the surface. Deputies determined the vehicle had been reported stolen in Jefferson County in the spring of 2015, and had been dumped into the reservoir through the Osprey Point boat ramp. It was determined that recovery of the vehicle would be a significant undertaking, so the vehicle's location was marked with a buoy and a recovery operation was planned for the following weekend.

The sheriff's office, with the assistance of the Boulder Emergency Squad dive team, Marv's Towing Service, and staff from Denver Water, recovered the vehicle from the bottom of the reservoir yesterday. The entire vehicle recovery operation took over 10 hours from start to finish, with the actual vehicle movement time taking three-and-a-half hours. The recovery involved 19 personnel from the Boulder Emergency Squad, including eight divers, along with six members of the sheriff's office, which included four deputies and two rangers. The recovered vehicle was impounded and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, who investigated the original auto theft, was notified of the recovery, as were the vehicle owners.

The case number assigned to the stolen vehicle recovery is 16-5575.

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/s/ Cmdr. Mike Wagner
Public Information Officer