On August 19, 2018 the Albany County Sheriff’s Office responded to Wheatland Reservoir #3, for an attempt to locate and welfare check on a male subject.
Deputies learned that a male subject, identified as Rocky Federico (44) of Denver Colorado had been fishing the lake on a float tube around sundown. A storm had come through the area, and Federico had not been located.
A large scale search was conducted over the following six days that included the Albany County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Wyoming Air National Guard, Wyoming Game and Fish, Sublette County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue and numerous members of Federico’s family and friends.
During the first few days of the search, items belonging to Federico were located along the shore of the reservoir. Evidence at the scene indicated that Federico had been blown across the lake while on his float tube, and that he had attempted to walk or swim across a shallow portion of the lake.
On August 24, at approximately 7:00 a.m., Sheriff’s Deputies recovered Federico’s body floating in the water approximately 100 yards from shore.
The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind the public to always be prepared for bad weather conditions and to have a personal flotation device at all times, while on the water.