Shiprock man pulled from Animas River was pronounced dead at hospital

John R. Moses
Farmington Daily Times

FARMINGTON – Farmington police are investigating the circumstances that led to the death of a Shiprock man whose body was pulled from the Animas River on June 11.

Authorities they were called at 5:49 p.m. when a family saw a man floating in the fast-moving waters near Boyd Park.

Police on June 12 identified the man as David Lee, 51, of Shiprock. 

“Farmington and San Juan County fire departments, Farmington police and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office worked to locate Lee,” city spokesperson Georgette Allen said in a June 12 press release.

Allen told the Daily Times via email that Lee was located and recovered by city and county fire personnel in the river near Kirtland during the intense multi-agency search effort.

“Fire personnel were able to pull him from the river near CR 6255,” the city's release stated.

Lee was pronounced dead at San Juan Regional Medical Center. An autopsy was performed June 13, Allen said, but no details about the investigation were expected to be released that day.

Allen said the case is in the hands of investigators.

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This is the place near Kirtland where first responders recovered the body of Shiprock resident David Lee, 51, on June 11 after a family reported seeing a man floating in the Animas River in the area of Boyd Park in Farmington.