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Man swept away by high water found dead

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A man was found dead early Monday, about 12 hours after high water swept him away in a creek Sunday night, relatives said.

Crews searched overnight for Paul Switzer, who vanished about 5:30 p.m. in a creek off State Route 227 and Teresita Road.

Owen County Sheriff Mark Bess said all the rain over the weekend caused the creek behind a home to rise very quickly.

"The family had water coming in the house, some individuals went out into the yard to try to retrieve belongings, one individual was swept away," he said.

Police used a helicopter, boats and dogs to search for Switzer.

His brother said he found his body about 3 a.m. Monday, some three miles downstream.

Relatives said Switzer was swept away while trying to save his pickup truck that was being pulled into the creek. 

They described him as a loving, caring and selfless father and grandfather.

FOX19 NOW will continue to update this breaking story.

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