Coroner IDs human remains found in flood debris near Loveland
LOVELAND, Colo. — Two workers shifting through flood debris near Loveland came across what was later identified as human remains on Monday afternoon, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.
The remains were found by two contract workers for the Environmental Protection Agency in the 7000 block of Highway 34 west of Loveland and just off the banks of the Big Thompson River. As of Tuesday afternoon, the victim had been identified as Patty Goodwine, the last known missing person from the Colorado floods of September.
Larimer County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson John Schultz told the newspaper the EPA was shifting through hazardous material in a flood zone when the body was discovered.
A relative told FOX31 Denver that Goodwine, a 60-year-old Cedar Cove resident, was killed in the flooding in late September, but the sheriff’s office had not yet been able to confirm that report as until Tuesday afternoon.
The Larimer County Coroner assumed control of the discovered remains on Monday, and identified the cause of death as asphyxia by drowning on Tuesday.