01.24.18 UPDATE: The Larimer County Coroner's Office ruled that John Sprackling died by suicide. His body was found Monday near Cobb lake North of Fort Collins. The 83-year-old man was last seen Saturday at his home near the Fort Collins County Club.

01.23.18 UPDATE: All alerts have been canceled for the 83-year-old Fort Collins man who had been missing over the weekend. Deputies found John Sprackling’s body near Cobb Lake yesterday afternoon. The Larimer County Coroner’s Office will release cause and manner of death at a later time.


Last night the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office was notified that an 83-year-old man was missing from his home near the Fort Collins Country Club. John Sprackling was last seen about noon Saturday in his red Mountaineer.

Family members informed deputies that Mr. John A. Sprackling was last seen at around noon Saturday by a neighbor. Mr. Sprackling is 5’09 and 160 lbs. with gray hair and blue eyes. No one was able to say exactly what type of clothing Mr. Sprackling was last seen wearing, but it was reported he has recently been wearing blue sweatpants and slip-on shoes.

The neighbor reported that Mr. Sprackling was seen driving away from his home in his red or maroon 1998 Mercury Mountaineer with Colorado license plates 165LOS. The vehicle has a white “Longs Pond Association” sticker on the rear window and possibly a “Crystal Lake” sticker in the same area. There is also a small dent on the driver’s side of the rear bumper.

Family members reported it is not like Mr. Sprackling to leave his home or family for more than a couple of hours and he does not have any known medical conditions that would contribute to his absence. His cell phone it at his home. Deputies have checked Mr. Sprackling’s cabin in Red Feather Lakes and have contacted law enforcement in Wisconsin where he also owns property.

Deputies have notified local law enforcement agencies of the situation and are working to notify all Colorado law enforcement agencies as well as law enforcement in other states. At this time, the criteria have not been met to issue a silver alert. They are asking that anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Mr. Sprackling please call the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985 (Case #18-615) or their local law enforcement agency.