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February 27, 2014

Search for missing Illinois woman still on

PIKE COUNTY — Crews are still searching for the body of a woman presumed drowned in flood waters along the East Fork of the White River late last year.

Authorities are still looking for Cathryn McGill, 31, of Des Plaines, Ill. On December 29, McGill was a passenger in a pickup truck driven by her husband Adam McGill, 35, when they drove around a barricade on SR 257 and into the flood waters. The truck was washed off the road into a nearby field. Adam McGill was rescued by some duck hunters in the area, but Cathryn was swept away in the swift waters.

The Daviess and Pike County Sheriff’s departments, Conservation Officers, firefighters and volunteers began a search then that is still going on. The latest large search was last weekend. “We had some neighbors in that area that had been walking their dogs and they hit on something,” said Daviess County Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit. “We felt we needed to go check it out so we contacted Search and Rescue in Evansville and they brought their cadaver dogs in and we searched the area.”

The search on the ground was complicated by weather that had turned the ground to a muddy mess. “We wound up having to boat the dogs into the area,” said Harbstreit. “We went at it from 10 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon, but we didn’t find her.”

While sheriff’s deputies have been doing the ground search, Indiana Conservation Officers have been looking in the waters of the river. “We have had boats in the water every week searching for her,” said officer Joe Haywood. “We put in the water at Petersburg and make our way north to the area of the accident. The warmer the temperatures become the more times we try to get on the river to search.”

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