Floodwater search enters fifth day

By BILL POWELL
Herald Staff Writer

OTWELL — Receding floodwaters exposed new obstacles for searchers looking for a Des Plaines, Ill., woman missing at the Pike-Daviess county line since Sunday.

Cathryn and Adam McGill

The search for 31-year-old Cathryn McGill entered its fifth day today.

Indiana conservation officers said they and members of area volunteer fire departments spent Wednesday completing shore- and boat-based searches, along with deploying divers to search debris piles — comprised mostly of corn stalks and trees — left behind by quickly receding floodwaters. Conservation officers also deployed a remote-operated, tethered, submersible vehicle and used its sonar capabilities in the search.

McGill was a passenger in a Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck driven by her husband, Adam McGill, 35. Their truck was swept off State Road 257 where Pike and Daviess counties meet. It was located, submerged, about 75 yards from the roadway Monday.

The initial incident happened at 7:45 a.m. Sunday when waterfowl hunters watched a vehicle headed south on State Road 257 try to navigate floodwaters, conservation officers said. After seeing the vehicle get swept off the roadway, the hunters drove their boat to the area where the vehicle was last seen.

Screams for help were heard and Mr. McGill was rescued. Mrs. McGill could not be located.

Mr. McGill was transported to Daviess County Community Hospital in Washington and later transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville for treatment of hypothermia. He was released Monday, conservation officers said.

Contact Bill Powell.

(Our earlier story)

OTWELL — Indiana conservation officers searching for a Des Plaines, Ill., woman have corrected the spelling of her name, released her photo and brought a remote operated vehicle to floodwaters at the Pike-Daviess county line.

But 31-year-old Cathryn McGill, who who went missing Sunday morning in floodwaters, has yet to be found.
 
McGill was a passenger in a Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck driven by her husband, Adam McGill, 35. Their truck was swept off State Road 257 where Pike and Daviess counties meet. It was located, submerged, about 75 yards from the roadway on Monday.

The initial incident happened at 7:45 a.m. Sunday when waterfowl hunters watched a vehicle headed south on State Road 257 try to navigate floodwaters, conservation officers said. After seeing the vehicle get swept off the roadway, the hunters drove their boat to the area where the vehicle was last seen.

Screams for help were heard and Adam was rescued. Cathryn could not be located.

Adam was transported to Daviess County Community Hospital in Washington and later transported to St. Mary’s Medical Center in Evansville for treatment of hypothermia. He was released Monday, conservation officers said.

Conservation officers said a miscommunication led to Cathryn’s first name initially being spelled incorrectly in news releases. The ROV brought to the scene to search for her Tuesday has a tethered submersible housing a camera and sonar.

Current river conditions are not optimal for the ROV’s use but a conservation officer noted that floodwaters are slowly receding, shrinking the search area.

In addition to the ROV, efforts to find Cathryn have included searches of banks and with side scan sonar and canine units. Authorities also have waded through shallow water and conducted dragging operations.
 
Contact Bill Powell.




More on DuboisCountyHerald.com