Summit County coroner rules North Pond drowning as suicide, IDs body |

Summit County coroner rules North Pond drowning as suicide, IDs body

The search for a missing paddleboarder who sunk into Silverthorne's North Pond on Sunday evening, July 19, ultimately took three days to resolve. County Water Rescue crews scoured the south end of the body of water nearly dawn to dusk, including this single operation on the afternoon of Monday, July 18.
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The Summit County Coroner has positively identified the person who drowned at North Pond in Silverthorne after throwing himself off a paddleboard on Sunday, July 17.

Coroner Regan Wood confirmed Wednesday afternoon what the Silverthorne Police Department and its partner law-enforcement agencies had suspected: That it was 55-year-old Wildernest resident Scot A. McChesney. The cause and manner of death is listed as suicide caused by drowning.

On Tuesday, authorities named McChesney in a detailed press release. Within it, they described why they believed the individual said to have died at North Pond was him.

The release specified that law enforcement discovered a vehicle in a parking lot adjacent to the pond registered to McChesney, and, inside, a letter was taped to the window directing those who came upon it to contact the Sheriff’s Office. Further investigation uncovered multiple suicide notes apparently signed by McChesney at his otherwise empty Wildernest apartment, with the exception of a mattress box spring on the floor and two small boxes set aside for his parents.

The three-day body recovery operation, which ran into any number of complications through its course, ended Tuesday evening just after 6 p.m. North Pond re-opened to the public for all activities on Wednesday.

Anyone with information pertinent to the ongoing investigation is encouraged to contact the Silverthorne Police Department at (970) 262-7330.

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