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Authorities struggle to ID man found unconscious

Melissa Roddy

Authorities are working today to identify a man who was discovered unconscious and not breathing at the Strawberry Park Hot Springs.

At about 5:15 p.m. Saturday, an ambulance was requested at the hot springs for the man, thought to be in his mid-30s, who was found unconscious in one of the upper pools at the springs, said Sgt. Troy McDaniel of the Routt County Sheriff’s Office.

People visiting the springs noticed that the man was not moving, pulled him from the pool and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation, McDaniel said. According to witnesses at the scene, the man recently had changed pools from another, possibly hotter, pool when he was found.

It took the ambulance about 15 minutes to reach the springs, during which time people at the scene continued CPR.

The man was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center, and as of Friday evening, doctors there were planning to fly him to a Denver hospital, McDaniel said.

Now, authorities are trying to identify the man and notify his family of the situation.

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The man apparently was at the hot springs alone, and none of the people interviewed at the scene had any information about who he was. Deputies now are trying to identify cars in the parking lot of the hot springs and at nearby campsites, hoping, by process of elimination, to find the man’s vehicle and, with it, his name and other personal information.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Routt County Sheriff’s Office at 879-1090.

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