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Body of missing man found at Lake Pueblo State Park

Jack Nelson, 43, presumed drowned

Body of Missing Fountain Man Found in Lake Pueblo

PUEBLO, Colo. - Rescuers recovered a man's body at Lake Pueblo State Park Saturday morning.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife said the victim is Jack Nelson, 43, of Fountain.  He went missing in Boggs Creek Cove on Thursday.

The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office Dive Team found Nelson's body around 9:30 a.m. Saturday.  Parks and Wildlife said rescuers were able to find an area of interest on Friday, but could not go in the water because of poor weather.

On Thursday, Nelson, his wife and son were on a small inflatable raft on the west side of Boggs Creek Cove. 

On Saturday, Nelson's family disputed an earlier account that he, his wife, Christine, and son, Christian, 10, ended up in the water, and that only Christian was wearing a personal floatation device.

Family members who were present at the time said the Nelsons all were wearing life vests but that Jack had taken his off because he was hot and wanted to cool off with a swim. 

However, after entering the water, the wind and lake current strengthened, separating Nelson from the raft, and he was unable to reach it. 

It's unclear whether fatigue, an object under the water or something else contributed to Nelson's apparent drowning.

Nelson's family gathered in support at his home and wanted to set the record straight about him.

"Someone made a statement that he was just a stupid partier to jump in the lake," said Diane Hernandez, one of Nelson's sisters.  "He was not partying and jumping in the lake.  He was being Jack."

The family said Nelson was a plumber by trade but worked a variety of jobs.

"We were all actually supposed to go to the lake together," said another sister, Ty Lane.  "But it didn't work out.  I guess he got us all to the lake anyway."

Nelson's family said they'll remember his sense of humor and his influence on his eight siblings and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are pending, but the family is asking for monetary donations in lieu of flowers.  The family said Nelson's wife needs help keeping her home and getting hearing aids for her son.  A fund will be established in the name of Nelson's wife, Christine.

Nelson's apparent drowning is the first at Lake Pueblo since 2011.

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