The Pueblo West View

Remains of woman found at Lake Pueblo; man still missing

Despite an unprecedented scenario of no evidence where a sinking vessel occurred, the body of Kimberlie Temple, 57, was found on the south side of Lake Pueblo near the dam on Wednesday afternoon.

The cause of Temple’s death is under investigation but at this time, it is being termed an apparent drowning, said Kyle Davidson, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southeast Region public information officer.

Davidson said the find represents a success in an especially demanding situation.

“This has been sort of a one of a kind case in that we haven’t had a case like this where we have not been able to find any sort of sign of any sort of sinking,” said Davidson.

The find was made about 2:59 p.m. near the dam, according to Davidson who detailed the rare situation.

“There was no debris,” Davidson said. “And typically when a boat sinks, you’ll see life jackets or coolers or something like that that would indicate where the boat had gone down. There is nothing like that in this case which made a challenge in this search.”

Temple and Frank Montoya, 61, both of Aguilar, went out on a 1978 17-foot Stryker boat from the park’s south boat ramp about 10:30 a.m. Saturday and never returned back to the ramp. There was no sign of Montoya as of 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Temple’s brother called 911 just before midnight Saturday to report that Temple never returned home from a fishing trip at the lake.

Searching has continued this week during the difficult circumstances of December’s biting cold.

The search was suspended Wednesday evening, but will resume Thursday.

“Tomorrow the search crews will be out there again in the same area where the body was found and we’ll be using the resources that will be available to us and see what we can drum up,” Davidson said.

While such searches are extremely difficult for a number of reasons, Davidson said crews are “at least a little glad to bring some closure to Ms. Temple’s family.

“We also want to bring that to Mr. Montoya’s family.”

kvigil@chieftain.com

Please come back to chieftain.com for updates on this story and see tomorrow’s issue of the newspaper for the complete story. Not a subscriber? Call 719-544-0166.

Discuss this story
comments powered by Disqus
'