Body of Missing Rafter Recovered in Colorado

Kimberly Appleson never surfaced after being throwin into water last July

Thursday, Oct 28, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 PM CDT
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Body of Missing Rafter Recovered in Colorado

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Kimberly Appelson had a love of the outdoors.

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The body of a woman from Lisle was recovered in Colorado on Wednesday, more than three months after she went missing while rafting on the Arkansas River.

Kimberly Appleson, 23, was rafting with four friends on July 11 when she was ejected into the water.  She never surfaced.

Her body was found Thursday toward the center of the river in an underwater cavern, the Denver Post reported.

Cadaver dogs last week confirmed the presence of a body and a temporary dam was built to divert river water away so a dive team could retrieve the remains, the Colorado Springs Gazette explained.

"She was in at least 20 feet of water at the time and about 10 feet of water today," said firefighter Ed Miller, according to the Gazette.

The Naperville North High School graduate attended the University of Iowa and was living and working for Arkansas Valley Adventures.

Appelson is survived by her parents, Larry and Barbara Appelson, of Naperville, as well as two siblings.

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