Friend who was with missing rafter admits: “None of us could think straight”

Eric Ashby's friends' apparent confessions via Facebook Messenger
Eric Ashby's friends' apparent confessions via Facebook Messenger

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — FOX21 received a shocking account about what happened to a Colorado man who went on a trip with friends five weeks ago, and never made it home.

Two friends claim they saw him alive, hanging on a rock, just moments after his raft flipped over. They said they panicked, and left without trying to help or call authorities.

Eric Ashby went missing on the Arkansas River on June 28.

Two of Ashby’s friends, who were not there that day, reached out to two people who were. Antdeezy Amma and Jimi Booker said they were scared, shocked, and didn’t know what to do.

“I guess it was just one of those situations where you don’t know what to do, so you do nothing,” Amma said.

Dave Gambrell, Ashby’s family friend, wants to know what attempt they made to save him.

“I think it’s an excuse,” Gambrell said. “The truth will set you free.”

“We talked about it amongst each other, and tried to figure out what we should do, but none of us could think straight,” Amma said.

Gambrell said he doesn’t know why he and Ashby’s friends had to hunt these people down.

“I believe that if Fremont County Sheriff’s Department was doing an open investigation on this case, that they would’ve tracked down these four individuals, and they would’ve questioned them,” Gambrell said.

Jimi Booker was also reportedly with Ashby that day, and said the danger is what stopped him from helping.

“If there was anything that I could do, I would have jumped in the river myself, but we were all very hesitant to get in, because it was a dangerous river,” Booker said.

Gambrell and Ashby’s family just want answers, and for the others to come forward.

“They need to turn around, look and examine their lives, and realize that they hold the key to closure to the family and friends of Eric Ashby,” Gambrell said. “So do the right thing.”

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