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Teams Find Body of 2nd Missing Person from Old Ballard Rd. Flooding

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Police blocking a portion of Old Ballard Road, near where a body was found by search teams Police blocking a portion of Old Ballard Road, near where a body was found by search teams
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Crews searching in the area of Old Ballard Road in Albemarle County (FILE IMAGE) Crews searching in the area of Old Ballard Road in Albemarle County (FILE IMAGE)
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The bridge in the area in where the couple was last seen The bridge in the area in where the couple was last seen
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) -

Teams have located the body of the second person who was washed away by flood waters off Old Ballard Road last week.

Search crews with Albemarle County Fire & Rescue (ACFR), along with specialists from other localities, had been looking along several miles of wooded area near Ivy Creek since Thursday, May 31.

As the waters receded, the drier ground aided the search crews and more people joined in on the efforts. But even now, a week after the incident occurred, Ivy Creek continues to flow strong.

"We probably would have never guessed that you would have 12 inches of rainfall in that Ivy area," says ACFR Chief Dan Eggleston. "You see what kind of devastation it caused."

The victim, who is yet to be positively identified, was located around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5.

In a press conference at Olivet Presbyterian Church following the discovery, Eggleston said multiple crews and search dogs are ultimately what led to the discovery.

“They’re trained to search for humans, that’s their job," says Eggleston. "They have a skill set that is augmented with the search team that’s extremely valuable in a case like this. They can cover a wide area like this that we just can’t cover by sight."

Flood waters had caused the creek to swell and spill out over the road, washing away two vehicles around 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30.

An elderly couple in a Toyota Prius was carried downstream, while a person in a second vehicle was able to swim to safety. The ACFR team says the second body was found just about a third of a mile away from a bridge, which was the last place anyone saw the pair alive.

A body believed to be from the Prius was found last Thursday, May 31, and teams located the car the same day. The car belonging to the rescued person was located around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The fire chief said that all of the debris and muddy conditions made the search very difficult, and that the search animals were a valuable asset.

The Medical Examiner's Office is now working to positively identify both victims.

Eggleston says the family has been notified, and expressed his thoughts and prayers.

"This phase of the chapter is closing, but we still have a long recovery ahead of us," says Eggleston.

Crews say there is still an issue in the Holkham Drive community in Albemarle County, where 18 houses remain cut off from the main road. They say they are working on a safety plan to address some of the public safety needs in the Holkham community.

People who live there are continuing to send in damage assessments.


06/05/2018 Release from Albemarle County:

Albemarle County officials announced today the discovery of what is to believed to be the remains of the missing person who was swept into flood waters on the night of Wednesday, May 30.

On the night of Wednesday, May 30, a flash flood of Ivy Creek at Old Ballard Road in Albemarle County caused two vehicles and three individuals to be swept into surging flood waters.

One of the individuals was rescued that evening, search efforts for the other two individuals commenced immediately.

A second victim was found deceased on the morning of Thursday, May 31. One of the vehicles was also found that morning. Search efforts have continued since then for the remaining missing person and vehicle.

Over the past two days, the improved weather and decreasing water levels, which is down about 18 inches from Sunday morning and approximately 2 ½ - 3 feet since Friday, have made favorable conditions for search and rescue efforts.

At approximately 9:30 a.m. this morning, water search crews located the missing vehicle. It was completely submerged in approximately 4 - 6 feet of water in a large pool, near where the first vehicle was found. Efforts have begun to remove the vehicle from the creek.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. this afternoon, a canine search crew indicated the detection of the scent of possible human remains roughly 1/3 of a mile downstream from where the missing individuals were observed being swept away by the flood waters. Additional search crews were diverted to the location of the scent, and worked to remove the debris and mud, eventually uncovering the remains.

The victims’ names are not being released at this time while the medical examiner officiates the identification.

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