The Larimer County Coroner has identified 29-year-old Spencer Stetler of Loveland as the person found in Carter Lake June 12. He has also been confirmed as the Loveland man who was reported missing at Carter Lake in April.
The coroner ruled that the manner of Stetler’s death was an accident, with the cause of death being asphyxia by drowning.
Stetler’s body was found by a boater in the early morning of June 12 in the lake west of Loveland. The boater called the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office to report what he believed to be a body in the waters of the lake. Deputies and Larimer County Park Rangers responded and confirmed the body was an adult male and he was removed from the water.
At the time of the finding, the Sheriff’s Office could not confirm whether Stetler was the kayaker who was reported missing in the lake in April. However, according to LCSO spokesman David Moore, Stetler is the same man searchers were looking for but unable to find.
Stetler had been missing since April 11, when a Larimer County park ranger found his overturned kayak and dog in the lake.
The Sheriff’s Office called off the search five days later, after more than 70 searchers from 12 agencies spent over 700 hours searching in and around the lake. Throughout the search, officers used drones, dogs, divers, side-scanning sonar, towed sonar arrays and an underwater remote-operated vehicle to try to locate Stetler’s body.
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