Officials say 79-year-old woman found dead in Colorado flood

By: The Associated Press
September 23, 2013 Updated: September 23, 2013 at 11:49 am
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photo - In this Sept. 19, 2013 photo, Sean McCroskey and his wife Meg, look at their destroyed vechicle on Gold Run Road in Boulder County, Colo. State highway crews and National Guard troops worked Sunday, Sept. 22, to repair highways to Colorado mountain towns cut off by the unprecedented flooding. (AP Photo/The Daily Camera, Jeremy Papasso)
In this Sept. 19, 2013 photo, Sean McCroskey and his wife Meg, look at their destroyed vechicle on Gold Run Road in Boulder County, Colo. State highway crews and National Guard troops worked Sunday, Sept. 22, to repair highways to Colorado mountain towns cut off by the unprecedented flooding. (AP Photo/The Daily Camera, Jeremy Papasso) 

DENVER — Authorities say the body of a 79-year-old woman has been found after the Colorado floods, bringing the death toll to eight.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Department said Monday the woman was found on the bank of the Big Thompson River on Saturday.

It's not clear why the death wasn't announced until Monday.

The woman's name was not released.

Authorities say the woman was one of three people considered missing and presumed dead. They initially said she was 80.

Earlier Monday, the number of people unaccounted for in the Colorado floods had dwindled to six.

The Larimer County Sheriff's Department said Monday rescuers over the weekend spoke in person or on the phone with 54 people previously considered missing.

Schulz says efforts are underway to locate the six people still unaccounted for. He says other people might be missing who haven't been reported.

More than 1,200 people were listed as missing in the first days of the flooding. That number has dropped dramatically as communication and highway access has been restored.

The flooding this month wreaked havoc across 17 counties and 2,000 square miles.

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