LOVELAND - Human remains were found in a flood debris field west of Loveland on Monday afternoon.
As of 6 p.m., it wasn't known whether the remains were from a man or woman, Larimer County Sheriff's Office Patrol Sgt. Rick Russell said. Nor was it immediately known whether the person was a victim of historic floods that swept through Colorado roughly three weeks ago.
"I could not say whether this was related to the flood," Russell said.
Two contract workers for the Environmental Protection Agency doing hazard material assessments in the area reported they believed they had discovered human remains in a debris field located in the 7000 block of U.S. Highway 34 west of Loveland, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. Authorities were called to the scene at about 3:20 p.m.
Investigators, including someone from the Larimer County Coroner's Office, had left the scene by about 6 p.m. An autopsy is planned to determine cause and manner of death.
Patricia (Patty) Faye Goodwin, 60, of Cedar Cove was the last of two Larimer County people presumed dead in the flooding. Her body hasn't yet been found.
Investigators on Sept. 21 found the body of Evelyn M. Starner, 79, of Cedar Cove, near Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch west of Loveland. Her autopsy showed she died of drowning and blunt-force injuries, according to the Larimer County Medical Examiner's Office.
The floods caused damage across nearly 2,000 square miles. Nearly 2,000 homes were damaged or destroyed along with more than 200 miles of state highways and 50 state bridges, the Associated Press reported.
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