Woman swept away in southwest Colorado stream found dead

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DURANGO, Colo. — A woman who was swept away in a mountain stream in southwest Colorado has been found dead.

The Durango Herald reported Wednesday that the body of 64-year-old Tessie Strickland, of Kentwood, Louisiana, was found along the banks of the Rio Grande River outside of Silverton on July 25.

Investigators say she and her husband were off-roading June 27 when their Jeep lost power while crossing Pole Creek, a tributary of the Rio Grande. The Jeep was swept downstream before the couple climbed onto the roof and tried to swim.

Strickland’s husband says he tried unsuccessfully to help her reach the shore.

Authorities also announced the recovery of a 33-year-old man who went missing when his raft overturned on the Rio Grande on June 27. Zack Jones’ body was recovered north of Monte Vista on Saturday.

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