Test lends new details in Keystone employee death
KEYSTONE – A toxicology test showed that the Keystone employee whose body was found at the bottom of Keystone Lake last month had a blood alcohol content of twice the legal limit, according to Summit County Coroner Joanne Richardson.Roberto Acosta-Reyes’ cause of death was drowning, but the manner of death is still pending further investigation, Richardson said.There were no apparent signs of trauma found on Acosta-Reyes’ body during the autopsy, she said.Summit County Sheriff’s Office detectives continue to investigate what happened on April 18, the day Acosta-Reyes, 27, died, said spokesperson Paulette Horr.”There’s been some leads coming in and they’re following those leads and interviewing witnesses,” Horr said, adding that detectives will not draw any conclusions about how Acosta-Reyes drowned until they’ve interviewed everyone.The leads have directed detectives to different witnesses than the three who were with Acosta-Reyes the night he died, Horr said.On the night of April 17, Acosta-Reyes, a resort food and beverage employee, worked at a party at the Keystone Lodge.The party ended at about 2 a.m. An hour later, Acosta-Reyes and three friends went to the Keystone Lake.As part of a tradition, one Keystone Lodge employee was thrown into the lake because it was his last day of work. The man pulled Acosta-Reyes into the water with him. Both men exited the lake and the group split up, police have said.Two men left to get towels, leaving Acosta-Reyes and another man behind. 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.Searchers found Acosta-Reyes’ body at the bottom of Keystone Lake three days later.The sheriff’s office maintains that it does not believe foul play was involved in Acosta-Reyes’ death, and Horr said Tuesday that opinion hasn’t changed.Speaking through a translator, Acosta-Reyes’ brother, Jose, said Roberto loved living and working in the mountains. He moved from Aguascalientes, Mexico, to Colorado five years ago, and had lived in the mountains the entire time.His family held a funeral service in Denver for Acosta-Reyes the week following his death, Jose said. Acosta-Reyes had worked in Keystone’s food and beverage department since November 2003, and lived in the Sunrise employee housing building. Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13625, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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