COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The friend of a Colorado Springs man who drowned in Sand Creek said he loved his family and the Denver Broncos.
The body of James Bettner, 47, was found in the west fork of Sand Creek near the intersection of Platte Avenue and Wooten Avenue on Monday morning. His death was ruled an accidental drowning.
Shana Rogers told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that she will always remember his smile and that he was always a positive, upbeat person.
"Anybody who knows Jamie knows there's a lot of smiling. There's a lot of giggling with him," Rogers said. "It doesn't matter if it's an up time or a down time, you can never tell. His smile is one of the things I'm going to miss the most."
Police did not release any circumstances surrounding his death, including how he ended up in the creek. Rogers said she wasn't sure what Bettner was doing, but guessed he was probably trying to walk somewhere.
"Jamie was going to get where he was going in some way, shape or form," Rogers said. "The only thing I can think of was he didn't have a ride, or something happened with his car, and he was just trying to get from one place to another. The water must have just caught up to him."
She hopes that others will see Bettner's story and remember to never play or walk near creeks during heavy rains.
"Jamie's always about learning from lessons. So if nothing else, teach your kids what's proper and what's not proper in cases of bad weather."