UPDATE: Denver Police officer dies while boating at Lake McConaughy

Published: Aug. 20, 2017 at 9:45 PM CDT
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The Denver Police department has confirmed that the body recovered from Lake McConaughy on Sunday is that of Officer Joseph Teeter.

Teeter was boating with his longtime girlfriend when he left the boat for a swim.

A preliminary investigation determined he was not wearing a life jacket, and was unable to return, the release read. Neither alcohol nor foul play is suspected.

Teeter was with the department for 11 years, most recently at District 6. He leaves behind two daughters.

“Joseph was a great addition to our department, an asset to our community and he will be sorely missed. Godspeed, friend…,” the department's post read.


The body of a Littleton, Colorado man was recovered from Lake McConaughy on Aug. 20.

At 11:19 a.m. Mountain time, the Lake McConaughy Dive Rescue (LMDR) team was paged to a call of a body in the water about 2 miles west of Van's Lakeview on Lake McConaughy.

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission conservation officers responded in boats, along with boats from the LMDR team. Officers and rescuers located the body of a deceased man, which was being secured by two anglers. LMDR recovered the body.

The preliminary investigation determined the man voluntarily departed a boat for a swim and was unable to return to the boat. Neither alcohol nor foul play is suspected. The victim was not wearing a life jacket.

Also assisting were the Nebraska State Patrol and Keith County Sheriff's Office.

The incident remains under investigation.