Sheriff's Office questions credibility of report on body in cave

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By Sandy Barnes

After two extensive searches for a body that a man reported seeing in a cave near Red Rocks Amphitheatre last week, the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office is questioning the credibility of the report, sheriff’s spokesperson Jacki Kelley said Tuesday.

“Our witness has been very uncooperative and untruthful about some of the things he shared,” Kelley said.

Jeffco deputies and a West Metro Fire Rescue crew began searching for the body on Nov. 21 after the man called the Sheriff’s Office with the report. The man was spelunking in the cave when he said he saw a body in a crevice.

The search resumed Nov. 23 with assistance from Alpine Search and Rescue and bloodhound and cadaver dogs, said Kelley.

“We were unable to find anything,” she said.

The witness, who has not been named, said he would help with the search but did not show up, said Kelley.

The Sheriff’s Office has discontinued the effort in the cave, which is treacherous to explore.