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Update: Two Killed, Three Missing in Scott County Flash Flooding

Rushing waters killed Sheriff Cody Carpenter and an unidentified woman. A game warden and two other people are missing.
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 on the Fourche La Fave River rose quickly 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.

This afternoon, Governor Mike Beebe spoke with Sheriff Carpenter’s wife, sharing with her the grief, thoughts and prayers Arkansans express for her loss.

Also, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued the following statement today on the death of Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter:
"Sheriff Carpenter was a personal friend to me and other law enforcement agents on my staff. We are deeply saddened by his death. The sheriff demonstrated his professionalism, courtesy and dedication to the people of Scott County every day. I will always be grateful for his heroism, service and extraordinary sense of duty to his fellow man. By their actions, the sheriff and Officer Joel Campora served as examples of what law enforcement officers should be.

"It is my earnest hope for a safe rescue of Officer Campora and other victims of this tragedy. My prayers are with the families of those killed or injured by the flooding."


Click here to visit a Facebook page created to honor Sheriff Carpenter.
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