Police investigate drowning death near Legacy Park

Austin Fleskes

The Fort Collins Police Department has released further information about the body that was located in a river near Legacy Park on June 24 in a press release published Tuesday. 

The FCPD initially sent out a series of tweets on June 24 that explained that the body found near Legacy Park was identified as an adult male, and that the Larimer County Coroner would release more information when appropriate. 


The press release explained that at 10:10 pm on June 21, Fort Collins Police Services received a call regarding a man known to the caller as Cordell.

The caller told FCPS that he and others had met Cordell that day and had been barbecuing at Legacy Park in the afternoon. 

“He said Cordell had been intoxicated and may have gone floating on the river,” the release said. “The caller hadn’t seen Cordell in several hours.”

Officers responded by checking the area and contacting local hospitals. However, they were unable to locate Cordell or find any witnesses to confirm his last known location. 

On June 24, a deceased male was found in the Poudre River near Legacy park, the same body referenced to in the FCPD tweets on Sunday afternoon. 

The Larimer County Coroner identified the man as Cordell Starkey, and determined that the cause of death was asphyxia by drowning and the manner of death was ruled an accident. 

Anyone with further information, who has not already spoken with police, has been asked to contact Detective Jeff Laguna at 970-221-6558. 

Collegian News Director Austin Fleskes can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @Austinfleskes07