Monday, May 23, 2016

Body Found In River Was Missing Veteran Somebody Loved

Body found on west bank of Animas River identified
Durango Herald
By Jonathan Romeo Herald staff writer
May 22, 2016

“We don’t want him to be another nameless face found in Colorado that nobody knew,” Jack Shaw said. “He was somebody.”

Courtesy of the Shaw family
The family of Randy Shaw, whose body was identified Sunday after it was discovered Saturday along the Animas River in Durango, is desperately trying to track down his dog, Johlene. The dog is a brown and white pit bull mix.

The body of a 40-year old man discovered Saturday afternoon along the west bank of the Animas River near West Park Avenue has been identified as Kansas native Randy Shaw.

“We all knew this phone call was coming,” said Shaw’s brother, Jack. “We were just glad he was found and not off the mountain somewhere and never heard from again.

“We’re all torn up about it. But at the same time he’s not suffering anymore.”

Around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, a worker spotted Shaw’s body behind a West Park Avenue home, downstream from the Main Avenue bridge. The body was in a sleeping bag, covered in brush near the river’s edge.
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