Searchers find body of man washed away by flooding

Man called 911, but responders couldn't reach him

ARCADIA, Ind. - A man who had been missing since Saturday in floodwaters in Hamilton County was found dead Sunday morning.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Department said the body of David Baker, 39, of Arcadia was recovered near the intersection of 266th Street and Mt. Pleasant Road in the northern part of the county just before 10 a.m.

Hamilton County sheriff's Deputy Bryant Orem said dispatchers received a 911 call from Baker about 1 a.m. Saturday saying that he and a dog were in a vehicle that was sinking in Cicero Creek.

"Officers responding to the scene heard a yell for help but were unable to locate the driver or vehicle," Orem said in a news release.

The call was tracked, and family members confirmed it had come from Baker's phone.

Baker's truck was found in the water on Saturday and the dog was rescued. He was not found, and the search was called off because of hazardous conditions, Orem said.

Baker's body was found 200 yards from his truck soon after the search resumed Sunday morning.

"There were barricades east of this location and cones across the road at the waterline. So it does appear that he tried to go through it intentionally and probably underestimated the situation he was getting in to," said Hamilton County Sheriff Mark Bowen.

Family members said they were glad to find some closure.

"It's tragic and I can understand his father and the loss and just how glad and relieved we are that we found him," said family member Dolly Hunter.

Baker had been visiting a family member in Anderson before driving into the water. Nearby residents said the water was the highest they had ever seen it.

The truck went into the water about a quarter-mile from where Robert Morgan, 64, of Arcadia, was swept to his death by floodwaters on Friday night.

An official said all roads are now open in Hamilton County but many creeks are still swollen.

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