Fort Carson soldier identified as Lake Pueblo drowning victim

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The man who drowned in Lake Pueblo on Saturday has been identified as a Fort Carson soldier. 

According to the Straight and Stalwart Battalion’s Facebook page, Staff Sergeant Matthew Riggs (C Co, 1-41IN) was the man who died on the lake. 

“Riggs was an exceptional Soldier and leader,” read the statement. 

Riggs had been a member of the Stalwart Battalion for almost four years. 

According to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife public information officer Bill Vogrin, Riggs was with a group of cliff jumpers seen in the area of Cottonwood Creek Cove. 

Around 7 p.m. Saturday, witnesses saw Riggs jump from an 80-foot cliff but never surfaced. 

Sunday morning dive crews with the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office recovered Riggs’ body. 

“We offer our condolences to the family of this person,” said Monique Mullis, manager of Lake Pueblo State Park. “And I appreciate the efforts of our rescue team and I thank the Pueblo County Sheriff’s volunteer divers for their hard work at the scene during this operation.”

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