Drake man previously 'missing, presumed dead' found alive and well
7NEWS tracks down 2 other "missing" people
Last Updated: 78 days ago
DRAKE, Colo. - A man from Drake who had been classified as "missing, presumed dead" by the Larimer County Sheriff's Office is actually alive and well.
According to the sheriff's office, the 46-year-old checked in with their office.
"The man told deputies he managed to climb out of a window in his house before it was swept away by the flood," they wrote.
A single person, a 60-year-old woman from Cedar Cove, remains on the county's list of people who are missing and presumed dead. The body of another woman from the same area, a 79-year-old, was found over the weekend.
When they announced the man from Drake was found, the Larimer County Sheriff's Office also announced they still considered six people "missing."
"These people are not presumed dead but are listed as missing because their family and friends have been unable to contact them since before the flood," the sheriff's office said.
One of them was James Atwood of Pinewood Springs. 7NEWS Reporter Jaclyn Allen was able to track him down, however.
Attwood and his wife Marla are staying with friends in Loveland. He left Pinewood Springs Friday morning, after working for six days without power or phone service to save the home he built.
“I went on a caravan of cars and my name was on the list, but obviously it didn’t get checked off or something,” said Attwood.”Then, the guy that lives across from me called me and said, ‘We just want to know what it’s like to talk to a dead guy.’”
Sheriff's Office Spokesman John Schulz said investigators have gotten other reports that Drake resident Marilyn Powell and Loveland resident Bruce Bechtel are safe.
Bechtel's son told Allen that his father is fine and simply has "a muddy yard."
Schulz said all three reports will be confirmed before the names are officially removed from this "missing" list:
1. James Atwood from 778 Estes Park Estates Drive, Pinewood Springs
2. Bruce Bechtel from 1630 14th Street SE, Loveland
3. Carl Grunke, from 450 Hillside Lane or 626 Little Prospect Rd, Estes Park
4. Jon-Erik Huffspater from unspecified address in Loveland
5. Marilyn Powell from 148 Big Pine Lane, Drake
6. Michael Williams from 13964 CR 43, Drake
Anyone with information on these individuals is asked to call Investigator Kevin Maul at 970-498-5164.
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