Ind. motorist missing after man dies in flooding

Search called off Saturday, may resume Sunday

ARCADIA, Ind. - Authorities are searching for a motorist who vanished along a flooded roadway near the spot where another man died Friday when floodwaters swept his car away.

Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy Bryan Orem said David Baker, 39, of Arcadia, called 911 about 1 a.m. Saturday and reported his truck was sinking in water near rain-swollen Cicero Creek about 35 miles north of Indianapolis.

Baker drove into the water after visiting a family member in Anderson.

Officers dispatched to the scene heard a person yell once and later found the Arcadia man's unoccupied truck about 200 feet off a roadway.

Local residents said this was the highest they had ever seen the creek.

Orem says rescue teams resumed searching for that man after sunrise Saturday, but the rescue efforts were hampered by a number of water hazards.

"With the current moving, it is impossible. The best we can do is check the shorelines, but there is so much debris in the trees and fences down there that we don't want to lost anyone else," said Chief Deputy Tom Gehlhausen with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Department.

Baker's family, who helped with the search, said they do not think he survived.

"We have exhausted all of our means so far searching the area and trying to find the gentleman," said Sheriff Mark Bowen.

Authorities called off the search for Saturday and will reevaluate the conditions Sunday morning to resume the search.

Officials said Baker's truck entered floodwaters about a quarter-mile from where 64-year-old Robert Morgan, also of Arcadia, was swept to his death Friday night by floodwaters while driving along another flooded road.

It might take until Sunday before the water recedes.

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