Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter (Photo: Arkansas Sheriff's Association)
Command center in Scott County. (Photo: Marlisa Goldsmith/THV 11 News)
Command center in Scott County as viewed from a camera. (Photo: Marlisa Goldsmith/THV 11 News)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV/AP) - The body of Scott County Sheriff Cody Carpenter has been found, while three other people remain missing, following Thursday's severe storms throughout Arkansas.
Keith Stephens with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said authorities found the body between 9:15 and 9:45 a.m. Friday.
The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management reported Carpenter and game warden Joel Campora missing Friday morning.
In a press conference Friday afternoon, authorities said Carpenter and Campora were responding to a 911 call at a home in the Y City area near the Fourche La Fave River. The two then got out of the boat and went inside a home to help two female victims. Authorities can't confirm or deny if these women have been found.
Authorities have recovered the boat and motor, both had received substantial damage. They also found one life jacket. Stephens says he's certain Carpenter and Campora were wearing their life jackets.
Two bodies have been found so far. One being Carpenter and the second being an unnamed female who was found inside a vehicle.
Scott County Judge James Forbes said this is the worst flood he's seen in the 21 years he's lived in Scott County.
Maj. Chris Heathscott with the Arkansas National Guard said crews are working to get a Black Hawk helicopter into the air with hoist capabilities to Scott County to help.
Carpenter had been with the Scott County Sheriff's Office since 1997 and was elected sheriff in 2004.