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December 31, 2013

Woman missing after truck swept of flooded road

OTWELL — An Illinois woman is still missing in flood waters after a Sunday accident on SR 257 and the search continues in deep and freezing waters.

Cathryn McGill, 31, Des Plaines, Ill., is listed as missing by Indiana Conservation Officers after the Chevrolet Colorado she was traveling in was swept away by the flood on SR 257 near the Pike/Daviess county line.

According to a release from officers on Sunday, hunters saw a vehicle try to drive over the waters around 7:45 a.m. The vehicle was then swept off the road and into the water. The hunters then drove their boat to the area where the truck was last seen.

They found screams for help and the driver Adam McGill, 35, was rescued after about 30 minutes inside his truck. He was taken to Daviess Community Hospital and later to St. Mary's Hospital in Evansville where he was treated for hypothermia.

Divers from Daviess and Pike counties led searches in the water for Cathryn McGill, including bank searches, sonar, wading, dragging and canine searches. She was not found and the search was called off at dusk.

The search resumed at dawn Monday, as conservation officers continued in shifts along the floodplain. According to Officer Joe Haywood, a debris field of corn stalks, trash and other debris from the White River are in the water where Cathryn McGill and the truck are located. In some areas, the water is up to 7-feet deep.

Due to the debris and the water temperature, it is dangerous to send out divers for extended periods of time. The flooded area crested Sunday and waters are receding.

Adam McGill was treated and released from St. Mary's Hospital. McGill, a Pike County native, was visiting family for the holidays and serves in the Navy.

Conservation officers said in the release to obey road closing signs and not to drive through flooded waters. The road has claimed several as many attempted to navigate the floodplain.

Responding agencies included Daviess County Sheriff’s Department, Pike County Sheriff’s Department, Harrison Fire Department, Jefferson Township Fire Department, Southwest Medical, Pike County EMS, Pike County EMA, Ohio Valley Search and Rescue, American Red Cross and Indiana Conservation Officers.

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