Identification confirmed in death at Keystone lake |

Identification confirmed in death at Keystone lake

KEYSTONE ” An autopsy performed Monday morning confirmed that the body found in Keystone Lake on Friday is that of Roberto Acosta-Reyes, but didn’t shed any light on how the resort employee died.

Acosta-Reyes’ identification was confirmed via fingerprints, but the cause and manner of his death are pending toxicology test results and further investigation that could take several weeks, said Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson.

Searchers found the 27-year-old’s body in Keystone Lake about 7 feet below the surface on Friday afternoon.

The food and beverage employee was reported missing on Wednesday morning, more than 24 hours after he was last seen in the early morning hours of Tuesday.

Acosta-Reyes worked at the Summit County Restaurant Association end of the season party at Keystone Lodge on Monday night. The party ended at 2 a.m.

Tuesday, and Acosta-Reyes and three friends went to the Keystone Lake at around 3 a.m.

As part of a tradition, one Keystone Lodge employee was thrown into the lake because it was his last day of work, according to a sheriff’s report. The man pulled Acosta-Reyes into the water with him, the report said. Both men exited the lake and the group split up.

Two men left to get towels, leaving Acosta-Reyes and another man behind, the report said. When they returned from the car, the two men were gone. According to the witnesses, the third man took off in the same direction the other two, while Acosta-Reyes headed off a different way, said sheriff’s office spokesperson Paulette Horr.

Horr said the investigation into Acosta-Reyes’ death will continue until detectives get the final results from autopsy. However, Horr said detectives do not believe anything suspicious occurred the night of Acosta-Reyes’ death.

“They did say that they didn’t suspect foul play and I’m not aware of a change in that opinion,” Horr said.

Until then, detectives are keeping the case active. Horr said she doesn’t believe they will be re-interviewing the three men present at the lake when Acosta-Reyes died.

“I really think a whole lot will depend on the final results of the autopsy,” she said.

Acosta-Reyes’ two brothers, who live in Denver, reported him missing Wednesday morning. They had spent Tuesday night in his apartment waiting to see if he’d come home, the sheriff’s report said.

Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13625, or at

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