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Police have identified a decomposing body found along the South Platte River as that of Cindy M. Garcia.
A worker doing flood mitigation work in the area located the dead body along the east banks of the river the morning of Nov. 29. Englewood police responded to the 4700 block of South Wyandot Street, near West Union Avenue, at 8:40 a.m., police said in a Dec. 4 news release.
Garcia was born on Feb. 20, 1968, according to the news release. The person's gender and age range were not initially discernible to police. Her body's decomposition suggested that it lay there for an "extended period of time," said Chad Read, spokesperson for Englewood police.
"That leads me to believe it's been there for more than a few weeks - that's just my best hypothetical guess," Read said.
Unofficial reports of a missing person had circulated on the website colorado.missing.report and on Facebook - including on her daughter's page - in reference to a Cindy Garcia who went missing as of Sept. 27, identified as a 48-year-old last seen at the 4U Motel at 3850 S. Broadway. The missing report website said Garcia is in remission from breast cancer and is described as Caucasian, 130 pounds, 5-feet-4-inches, with brown hair and green eyes.
Englewood police did not comment on the unofficial reports but said there is a missing person report filed for Cindy M. Garcia with the Feb. 20, 1968, date of birth. That report was filed Oct. 7. The daughter of the Cindy Garcia whom the unofficial reports reference said on Facebook as of Dec. 4 that her mother had died.
The department did not comment on where Garcia was last seen due to its ongoing investigation. It was not entirely clear from comments by police whether the deceased's information matches that of the person named in the unofficial reports.
On Nov. 29, the Englewood Police Department closed down a path on the east side of the river where the body was found for a short period of time in the morning, and the body was removed the same day. Investigations officers for the Englewood police and the Arapahoe County Coroner's Office responded to the incident.
The South Platte River in Denver, Englewood and Littleton is known for being frequented by homeless or transient individuals, but it's not known if the deceased person was transient, Read said.
There does not appear to be any foul play, but the cause of death is still under investigation, the news release said. There's no known danger to the public related to the finding, Read said.
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