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Autopsy for man pulled from river in Steamboat is delayed

Cause of death for John Noonan won't be determined Friday

Jack Weinstein

— The cause of death for John Noonan, the Steamboat Springs man who fell into Soda Creek near 12th Street and Lincoln Avenue on Wednesday and was pulled from the Yampa River at Sleepy Bear Mobile Home Park, won't be determined Friday.

Routt County Coroner Rob Ryg said Noonan's autopsy was delayed because his organs were being recovered for donation. Ryg said the autopsy, which will be conducted by the Douglas County Coroner in Castle Rock, will take place Saturday. It will include a toxicology report that Ryg said could take a couple of weeks for results.

Ryg suspects that Noonan drowned.

Noonan, 58, owned Storm King Surveying and Mapping in Steamboat.

Steamboat Springs Police Department officers, Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue emergency responders and Routt County Search and Rescue personnel were called to a report that Noonan fell into the creek while trying to get on his mountain bike at 4:03 p.m. Wednesday. Rescuers pulled Noonan from the river about 4:50 p.m. and took him to Yampa Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 5:10 p.m.

Police Capt. Joel Rae praised the teamwork of the local law enforcement agencies.

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"If we didn't find him when we did, it could have been a very exhaustive search that lasted weeks or months," Rae said. "It was a great team response effort."

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