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UPDATE: Authorities identify man found dead in east El Paso County after storm

Woman with him was hospitalized with hypothermia

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - UPDATE:  On Monday, March 18th, the El Paso County Coroner released the name of a 68-year-old man found dead following the storm in the area of Yoder.  He was Harry Brantley, a resident of Antioch Road, near where he was found outside in the elements the day after the bomb cyclone blizzard.  

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office says one man Brantley was found dead and a woman with him was suffering from hypothermia.

They were found Thursday at the 30200 block of Antioch Road, which is just south of Yoder.

The woman was being treated at the scene and is expected to survive.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 contacted Brantley's family, who say he was always looking to help people out. 

"He had a big heart, always calling people seeing if they needed help," Donna Brantley, Harry's daughter said. "He was a good friend to people out in Yoder and Calhan." 

Donna said Harry and his wife, Cynthia, adopted her when she was eight months old. Harry and Cynthia, are Donna's biological grandparents. 

Donna said Harry was very involved in her life. 

"Big supporter of me during school and all the award ceremonies," Donna said. 

Donna said she just told her adopted parents she's expecting a baby girl this May. 

"He was very excited about the upcoming birth of his great-granddaughter," Donna said. 

Donna said Harry ran a cattle ranch in Yoder for quite some time and they often worked together on it. 

Cynthia shared with KRDO that she and Harry had been married for 50 years. 

"He was a very, very loving man and a great father," Cynthia said. "[He] was there for anyone and anybody out in this area anytime." 

Brantley's cause of death hasn't officially been determined, but it's likely that weather was a factor.

No other details have been released. 


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