LODD: Colo. ranger drowns while searching for missing boater

Authorities believe Brendan Unitt was thrown from his boat during strong wind gusts

Duty Death: Brendan Unitt - [Larimer County, Colorado]

End of Service: 08/20/2020


By Suzie Ziegler 

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — A natural resources ranger was found dead early Friday morning in a northwestern Colorado reservoir, according to The Denver Post

The man was identified as 27-year-old Brendan Unitt by the Officer Down Memorial Page. It is believed Unitt was thrown from his patrol boat during strong wind gusts while searching for a missing boater Thursday night. 

Brendan Unitt was found dead August 21, 2020 on Horsetooth Reservoir in Larimer County, Colorado after searching for a missing boater. (Photo/Officer Down Memorial Page)
Brendan Unitt was found dead August 21, 2020 on Horsetooth Reservoir in Larimer County, Colorado after searching for a missing boater. (Photo/Officer Down Memorial Page)

Other boaters called authorities when they saw Unitt’s boat adrift on Horsetooth Reservoir, according to the Memorial Page. 

In a news release obtained by the Denver Post, Larimer County deputies said at least nine different agencies were called in to search. Unitt’s body was found a few hours later around 3:30 a.m. Friday. 

He had served with the Larimer County Department of Natural Resources for six months. 

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