1 dead, 3 missing in Colorado mudslide

Aug. 10, 2013 at 3:16 PM
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MANITOU SPRINGS, Colo., Aug. 10 (UPI) -- At least one person is dead and three others are missing in a mudslide in Colorado caused by rain and flash floods, officials said Saturday.

Crews worked to clean up the damage in Manitou Springs after Friday's evening's flash flooding, The Denver Post reported, but a flash flood watch was still in effect until Saturday night.

Officials said a man's body was found late Friday under several feet of mud and debris in the westbound lane of U.S. 24, the newspaper reported.

The victim was identified Saturday by the El Paso Sheriff's Office as John Collins of Teller County. His vehicle was found on U.S. 24 but the Post said it was not known whether the victim left the car voluntarily or was pushed out of it by the flooding.

Manitou Springs Police Chief Joe Ribeiro said at a Saturday news conference three people were missing. He said they were Justin Travis, 24, a man whom neighbors only knew as Steve and a woman last seen holding on to a tree.

He added homes had been destroyed and damaged, but said a an assessment of the damage would be available later.

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