Body found submerged vehicle swept away in Damiansville flood waters

CLINTON COUNTY — Authorities in Clinton County are reporting a body was found Tuesday in a submerged vehicle near Damiansville.

Clinton County Sheriff Doug Maue says his department was called around 5: 40 a.m. Tuesday to a scene near the intersection of Billhartz and Airport roads. Workers had found vehicle submerged in a flooded area, with a body described by witnesses as a male inside.

Reports say a nearby resident saw the vehicle go into the water, but rescuers had trouble getting to the vehicle — possibly a Cadillac Escalade —  and eventually had to use a backhoe to get reach it.

Emergency responders couldn’t see the vehicle because it was submerged, but a rescue team was able to spot the car using a boat.

The vehicle was found in about 8 feet of water, roughly 50 to 75 yards from where it went in.

A sign was reportedly posted beside the road, warning motorist to not attempt crossing the flooded roadway.

Divers at the scene noted that all of the vehicle’s windows were intact, and it appeared the deceased was the only occupant of the vehicle when it was swept away.

Clinton County Coroner Phillip Moss said Tuesday afternoon that he would not release the man’s identity until county officials were able to notify his family.