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Human Remains Found Amid Flood Debris Near Loveland Identified

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Patricia Goodwine (credit: CBS)

Patricia Goodwine (credit: CBS)

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP/CBS4) – A body discovered in Colorado’s Larimer County has been identified as that of a woman who was seen swept away by massive floodwaters on Sept. 13.

The Larimer County coroner said Tuesday the person is 60-year-old Patricia Goodwine of Cedar Grove. The cause of death was drowning.

Goodwine’s body was found Monday by two Environmental Protection Agency workers in a debris field west of Loveland.

Goodwine was swept away by floodwaters that destroyed the home she had lived in for 37 years.

Her death brings to nine the number of confirmed fatalities in the disaster, which damaged or destroyed nearly 2,000 homes, washed out hundreds of miles of roads and cut off many small mountain towns.

Goodwine worked the Loveland Public Library for more than 30 years. Her friends and coworkers described Gooodwine as a practical joker who always wore a smile. They told CBS4’s Nina Sparano they are devastated by the news and declined to talk.

Goodwine battled multiple sclerosis and was still inside her home when it washed down the canyon.

Authorities say there are no remaining missing persons reports related to the September floods.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Colorado Floods: How To Help

The recent floods are impacting families and communities throughout Colorado, so CBS4 has compiled a list of ways you can support the local communities impacted by the floods.

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