Officials: 1 dead, 1 missing after cabin swept into creek

Man dead, woman missing after structure falls into creek
Published: Jul. 28, 2023 at 3:30 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 28, 2023 at 10:27 PM EDT
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BROOKVILLE, Ind. (WXIX) - A man is dead and a woman is missing after a cabin was swept into Wolf Creek in Brookville following Thursday night’s storms, according to conservation officers.

Indiana Conservation Officer Travis Stewart says first responders got a call that two people were staying in the cabin.

Officers found the cabin had been swept away in high water and the two people were missing.

“The cabin was kind of up on stilts, but with all the flood conditions and stuff, there was an individual that knew they were down there, so they went down there and check on them and realized that the cabin itself had been washed away in the flood waters,” Stewart explained.

One body was recovered around 1 p.m. Friday, according to Franklin County Coroner Brian Baxter.

The coroner told FOX19 NOW that five inches of rain fell within a four-hour period last night at Wolf Creek. He says that is probably what caused the home to fall into the creek.

“Unfortunately, in rural counties, they look so calm during the summertime. Then about once or twice a year in our county, we have tragedies due to rushing water and people not knowing that it is coming that quickly,” Baxter said.

Earlier Friday, another rescue took place near New Trenton on the Whitewater River.

The Brookville Fire Department says two people were camping on an island in the river when the water rose very fast.

The kayakers were rescued when the Indiana Department of Natural Resources got their boat in the water.

More than 30 people and two drones searched for the missing woman on Friday, and will continue tomorrow at 7 a.m., Steward said.

The coroner’s office will not release the name of the man until they get in contact with the family.

Watch FOX19 NOW’s previous coverage below:

Emergency crews searched Wolf Creek in Indiana on Friday after a structure fell into the water.

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