The remains of the final victim of the Black Hollow Flood have been discovered four months after the she and her three family members were swept away in the flood. 
About 4 p.m. Saturday, a local resident reported finding what she thought to be human remains while hiking east of Rustic Road — a little more than four miles east of Black Hollow Road — according to a news release from the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office. 
Deputies with the sheriff’s office and investigators with Larimer County Coroner’s Office recovered those remains, and the coroner’s office identified them as belonging to 57-year-old Diana Brown of San Antonio, Texas. 
“Following the official identification of the remains as Diana Brown by the Coroner’s Office, we are relieved the Brown family will be able to put her to rest and have closure to the terrible loss they experienced on July 20th, 2021,” the sheriff’s office said in a Tuesday news release. 
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Diana Brown was swept away by the flood waters July 20 along with her family members Richard Brown of Bellevue, Nebraska; Patricia Brown of Madison, Wisconsin; and David Brown of San Antonio, Texas. Their bodies were recovered in section of river between Arrowhead Lodge and the Indian Meadows area of the Poudre Canyon several days after the flood. 
Richard Brown owned a mobile home on Black Hollow Road, according to Larimer County property records, but his home residence was in Bellevue, Nebraska.
A massive 120-person search for Diana Brown took place mid-September, two months after the other three victims had been found. The search focused on the canyon between Black Hollow Road and Steven’s Gulch Picnic Site (mile markers 87 to 105). 
The initial search, which included more than 60 rescuers who spent more than 850 hours searching, was suspended July 29 after the first three victims were found with no sign of Diana Brown’s body, the sheriff’s office previously told the Coloradoan.
All four victims were in the same house in the small Black Hollow area 45 miles west of Fort Collins when the Black Hollow Creek initiated a flash flood down the mountainside filled with large boulders and trees burned in the Cameron Peak Fire.   
Six homes were destroyed in the flood that washed into the Poudre River.
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Sady Swanson covers public safety, criminal justice, Larimer County government and more throughout Northern Colorado. You can send your story ideas to her at or on Twitter at @sadyswan. Support her work and that of other Coloradoan journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today.