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Navajo Dancer Identified In Lake Capote Drowning

PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – A teenager found drowned in a southwest Colorado lake last week has been identified as a Utah member of the Navajo Nation who traveled to Lake Capote with a group of dancers from tribes in New Mexico.

The director of the Department of Justice for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe said that 19-year-old Janathan Yazzie of Montezuma Creek, Utah, was last seen Sunday by his uncle. His body was found in the lake Wednesday morning. The Durango Herald reports that Yazzie’s grandmother identified him by tattoos he had.

The cause of death is undetermined. An autopsy will be performed Monday. Authorities say an initial examination at the scene found no obvious trauma wounds. Officials are asking for information from anyone who may have seen Yazzie near the lake Sunday.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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