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UPDATED: Foul play not suspected in Cottonwood Creek death

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A man's body was recovered from the bottom of Cottonwood Falls last week. He was Lance Garry Sparks, 52.
— image credit: Will Johnson photo

A man whose body was discovered Thursday in Cottonwood Creek was Lance Garry Sparks, 52.

The BC Coroners Service says he was most recently a Nelson resident.

Visitors to the park noticed his body submerged in the creek at the bottom of the falls and called for help. Police, fire, and search and rescue helped recover him.

The coroner says he's believed to have died the previous evening, although they didn't indicate how they reached that conclusion.

Nelson Police Sgt. Dino Falcone said foul play is not suspected.

It's possibly a misadventure. I just want to caution anyone that's walking in and around any fast moving streams, especially if they are near slippery rocks, just to be really careful,” he said.

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