Missing Montrose man dies in crash

An 82-year-old Montrose man who had been missing for two weeks was found dead Thursday, apparently the victim of a one-car accident on Red Mountain Pass.

The body of Thomas Boylan Sr. was found restrained by a seat belt inside his 1990 Chevrolet Suburban at the bottom of a 380-foot embankment, Montrose Police Chief Thomas Chinn said.

The wrecked vehicle was spotted just before noon Thursday by a delivery truck driver, who was headed up the pass along U.S. Highway 550, Chinn said. Boylan apparently failed to negotiate a sharp turn in the roadway, he said.

“It’s amazing anybody was able to see a vehicle down there,” Chinn said. “If the sun had not been in just the perfect position, we might have been waiting until spring to find it.”

It’s unclear how long Boylan’s vehicle had been there; Chinn said it was partially covered with a smattering of snow.

Deputy Ouray County Coroner Steve Lance said an autopsy Friday showed Boylan died of multiple traumatic injuries in what has tentatively been ruled an accident.

The results of a toxicology report won’t be known for several weeks.

Chinn said investigators Friday still didn’t know where Boylan was driving to.

“That could be one of those things we’ll never be able to answer,” he said.

Boylan was last seen near his home in Montrose on the night of Oct. 20, driving his vehicle. Family had been worried about his health, and he didn’t regularly drive at night.

Boylan’s family recently sought help in finding him through the television program “America’s Most Wanted.”


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