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Scott County Flooding Claims Life in Drowning

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Press Release issued from Scott County Sheriff’s Department

March 2, 2023 | 12:10 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Early this morning (March 3 2023) Scott County 911 Dispatch received a report that a Scott County man was supposed to meet his grandson on Manorcrest Road, but had never arrived and had not returned home. Sheriff’s Deputies conducted searches of his assumed areas of travel and attempted to track his cell phone, but those efforts were unsuccessful. As water levels began to recede this morning a passing motorist on Hwy 248 East noticed and reported the top of a pickup truck visible in the water in the Poteau River. Deputies and other public safety personnel responded to the scene and discovered the heavily damaged truck unoccupied and mostly submerged in the water. A search of the immediate area was conducted, and just before 8:00am the deceased man was found a short distance from the truck. The initial investigation of the incident indicates that the truck was likely swept from the roadway and into the Poteau River near Hwy 80 East and Manorcrest Road, and washed downstream to where it was ultimately discovered. Our office would like to thank the Scott County Office of Emergency Management, Waldron Police Department, and all others who assisted in this incident, and we ask that you keep the man’s family and loved ones in your thoughts in the days ahead.

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