Hot springs drowning remains a mystery |

Hot springs drowning remains a mystery

— Police have no fresh leads in their investigation into a drowning at the Strawberry Park Hot Springs around midnight Saturday.

“Nothing new has surfaced,” Routt County Undersheriff Dan Taylor said.

Patrons found 37-year-old Patricia Maestas of Brighton underwater in one of the hot springs’ naturally heated pools. They were walking across the pool when they spotted Maestas and called for help.

Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful, and Maestas was pronounced dead at Yampa Valley Medical Center early Sunday morning.

No one who was at the hot springs Saturday evening has reported seeing any signs of a struggle in the water. Maestas’ husband last saw her in the water when he left to dry off and get dressed, Taylor said.

When he returned to the pool a few minutes later with a towel for his wife, he yelled for Maestas but couldn’t find her.

Police still have a few more people to interview, but none of the interviews so far have yielded any information about the cause of the incident, Taylor said.

No one heard or saw anything unusual that would have indicated a drowning, he said.

Anyone who was visiting the hot springs Saturday night and has more information about the incident should call the Routt County Sheriff’s Office at 879-1090.

Results of autopsy and toxicology tests are expected later this week.

Maestas had been drinking, but police have not determined if alcohol contributed to her death.

“At this point, we can’t say how much, if any, alcohol played a part,” Taylor said.

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