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Pickup swept away in floodwaters, former suburban woman missing

Updated: December 30, 2013 7:41PM



A former Des Plaines woman is missing after floodwaters swept away the pickup she and her husband were driving Sunday morning in southern Indiana.

Adam and Kathryn McGill were swept off the roadway on Route 257, near the border between Pike and Daviess counties, a statement from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources said. Initial DNR reports said the couple was from Des Plaines.

The couple had been visiting family in the Washington, Ind., area, where Adam McGill is originally from, DNR Conservation Officer Jim Schreck said. They were heading back to their home in Norfolk, Va., when they drove around a barrier on a flooded road and were swept away, he said.

People hunting waterfowl saw the Chevrolet Colorado enter the water about 7:45 a.m., and drove their boat to the area, the statement said.

The boaters heard cries for help and found and rescued 35-year-old Adam McGill, who was driving, officials said. He was treated and released at a local hospital for hypothermia.

However, the hunters could not find Kathryn McGill. Authorities have since located the couple’s truck, submerged in the water about 75 yards from the roadway, but still have not found the 31-year-old woman, who is originally from northwest suburban Des Plaines, the DNR said.

Emergency crews were searching the bank and the river, using sonar and dragging operations, as well as search and rescue dogs, the statement said.

The water search was halted at dusk, but will resume at daybreak Tuesday, authorities said.

The roadway where the pickup was driving is located near the east fork of the White River, about 100 miles northwest of Louisville, Ky.

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