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80-year-old confirmed as 7th death in Colo. floods

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September 19, 2013 07:14 PM EST | AP

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BOULDER, Colo. — A body found in northern Colorado has been identified as an 80-year-old retired teacher and basketball coach who tried to return to his home amid a catastrophic flood.

The Boulder County coroner said Gerald Boland was found dead Thursday near Lyons, the small town in the foothills where he lived. An autopsy is planned.

Boland is the seventh confirmed death blamed on the floods. Three other people are missing and presumed dead.

Neighbors said Boland took his wife to safety on Sept. 12 but defied a mandatory evacuation order and tried to go back to their home.

Two search teams had hunted for him Monday.