LARIMER COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) – The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office confirms search parties found a second body in the rubble of a flash flood and mudslide along the Cache la Poudre River last week. According to official information, the body is a man.
Work on the debris field near Highway 14 and Black Hollow Road continued on Sunday. Crews had been looking for three missing people in Poudre Canyon since the flood on Tuesday. The sheriff’s officers describe the three missing persons as two men and one woman.
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Crews have already found the body of a woman who has not yet been identified. She was found near Arrowhead Lodge on Wednesday.
Lower water levels allowed crews to comb through areas they couldn’t reach before Sunday.
“It’s so devastating and surreal on so many levels,” said Brita LaTona. “This is the first time we’ve seen it.”
Brita and Alison LaTona drove up from Fort Collins to see what was left of the cabin their grandfather had built. Brita says: “It looks very different. Unrecognizable. “Alison adds,” The entire floor plan of the living room is intact. Nothing has been moved. “
For them, this trip should help them process their emotions. None of their families were in the cabin at the time, but they lost a family treasure and some neighbors that have not yet been found.
While the LaTonas were trying to get a grip on the destruction on Black Hollow Road, a man’s body was found east of Rustic near the river behind Indian Meadows Lodge after a day of searching.
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The search and rescue operations for the remaining three missing people involve a variety of crews and tactics, including US Forest Service dive teams and aircraft.
“We’ll see if the dogs give us any clues about piles that we can search with this kit,” said Sgt. Kevin Johnston of the Larimer County Sheriff’s Emergency Services Unit said Saturday to CBS4’s Conor McCue.
Several neighbors said they believe Dick Brown and his family are the three missing and that possibly one of them is the dead women who recovered.
Brita and Alison say they don’t know, but the Browns had a house near the river on Black Hollow Road that is nowhere to be found. Your grandma knows the family well.
“She had only spoken to them less than a couple of weeks ago, so it’s definitely devastating,” Brita said.
The women hope that they can help rebuild what is called a special community, but they know that even if they do, some things are lost forever.
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“It will never look the same,” Alison said.