Coroner confirms 4th Boulder County flood victim is 80-year-old retired Lyons teacher and coach

Gerry Boland missing 1 week; pickup found in creek

BOULDER - The Boulder County coroner confirms that a body found in the St. Vrain Creek drainage near Lyons Thursday is an 80-year-old retired Lyons school teacher and coach who had been missing a week.

The body of Gerald "Gerry" Boland was found and recovered by members of Colorado Urban Search and Rescue, Task Force #1, said Liz Donaghey, a spokeswoman for the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.

The coroner said an autopsy will be conducted to confirm the cause and manner of death.

Boland's family had been fearing the worst since the grandfather disappeared after he and his wife, Cheron, evacuated from their home north of Lyons during the early morning hours of Sept. 12.

Gerry Boland had driven away in his truck, while his wife took a car as they headed for the home of their daughter, Holli Stetson, in Hygiene, the Daily Camera reported. The couple became separated on the road, and neighbors reported seeing Gerry Boland at an evacuation center at Lyons Elementary School.

Holli Stetson told the newspaper she believes her father decided the storm wasn't that bad and he tried to drive home.

Stetson said her father's truck was found in St. Vrain Creek, about 200 yards from the family's home.

"Of course, we still want to hope that he's still alive," Stetson told told the Camera before the body was found, "but we've come to realize we're probably not going to get the outcome we're hoping for."

Boland was a beloved figure in town after teaching for a combined 32 years at Lyons High School and Lyons Elementary and coaching high school basketball for 22 years.

Three other deaths are already confirmed in Boulder county -- one in Jamestown and two in the Linden Drive area.

Donaghey also said one person remains on the "unaccounted for" list. They are checking that name against a list provided by Larimer County, so the spokesperson said the numbers could change.

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