SCOTT COUNTY, AR - A search and recovery operation continues in Scott County after flash flooding claimed the lives of Sheriff Cody Carpenter and an unidentified woman early today. Three other people are still missing in the incident.
Carpenter, Arkansas Game & Fish Game Warden Joel Campora, along with some sheriff's deputies had answered a 911 call as flood waters rose quickly on the Fourche La Fave River around a house overnight.
The details about what unfolded next were revealed this afternoon during a news conference near the scene.
Sebastian County Sheriff Bill Hollenbeck told reporters that Carpenter and Campora were in a boat, both wearing life jackets, when they tried to make their way to the home surrounded by rising and rushing waters. Before the rescuers could reach the home, it imploded, sending debris everywhere, damaging their boat and tossing them into floodwaters.
The body of Sheriff Carpenter was found about a mile downstream shortly after eight o'clock this morning. Emergency crews also found the body of an unidentified woman inside a car.
An Arkansas National Guard helicopter is helping with the search, as well as officers from several sheriff's offices across the state and the Arkansas State Police.
Click here to visit a Facebook page created in honor of Sheriff Carpenter.