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January 2, 2014

Receding flood waters bolster hopes of recovery of drowning victim

OTWELL - Indiana Conservation Officers and volunteer fire fighters spent a fourth day searching for the body of missing Des Plains, Ill., woman along the overflow area of the East Fork of the White River at the Pike-Daviess County line. About seven Conservation Officers and volunteers from the Jefferson Township Fire Department in Pike County and Harrison Township in Daviess County scoured the area for Catie McGill, age 31.

“The receding flood waters will make our search efforts more effective,” said Conservation Officer Jet Quillen.

Crews had spent the first 3 days working in and around the swift floodwaters. The river finally began to fall exposing the McGill’s pick up truck in a cornfield where it landed after being washed off the roadway.

McGill was travelling with her husband Adam McGill, 35, early Sunday morning when he drove around the barricades along SR 257 and into the flood waters. “They went around and attempted to pass through and the vehicle stalled and then was swept off the roadway,” said Quillen.

Some duck hunters in the area saw the vehicle get swept off the road and tried to save the couple. “The McGills got out of their truck and tried to swim back to shore, but they got separated,” said Quillen. “They were able to pick up Adam but they couldn’t locate Catie.”

Adam McGill was taken to Daviess Community Hospital and later transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville where he was treated for hypothermia. He has since been released.

Authorities put three boats into the water to try and find Catie McGill’s body. “We are using side-scan sonar,” said Quillen. “We also have crews walking along the edge of the water and searching by ATV. We are also bringing in a remote controlled underwater search vehicle. It’s like a small submarine with sonar and cameras.”

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