UPDATE 5/2/14 @ 5:50 p.m.
CARTER COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – An elderly man has died after his car was swept away in high water.
Family members say Enoch McGinnis, who is in his mid-70s, was last seen Tuesday night.
On Friday morning, family members found McGinnis’s car in a creek in Carter County, about 300 feet away from the low-water bridge he typically crossed to get to his house on the other side.
Kentucky State Police say the driver’s side window was open and that they found McGinnis dead inside the car.
“I was worried about him due to the fact that I know this creek gets up quite a bit,” Keith Preece, McGinnis’s nephew, said. “I feared for the worst. I thought he might have tried to cross this bridge.”
Crossing the bridge was something friends and family members say McGinnis had done often in the 40 years he lived here.
“[I’ve] seen him go across it when I would have been afraid to go across it, but he'd cross it time and time again,” Wes Walker, a friend of McGinnis’s for 40 years, said. “I guess that's what happened to him, you know, crossed it one time too many.”
Troopers say they discourage anyone from trying to cross high water for any reason.
“Hopefully it does bring some closure to the family to be able to find him, but on the other hand, now they have to handle the loss,” Sgt. Ben Cramer of the Kentucky State Police said.
The incident happened along McGinnis Road in rural Carter County.
Family members tell WSAZ.com that Enoch McGinnis, who is in his 70’s, was last seen Tuesday night.
The tell our crew at the scene that Mr. McGinnis had to cross a small creek to get to his home.
Family members searched the rain-swollen creek Thursday, but there was no sign of the car.
Friday morning, relatives returned to the area and found the car sticking out of the water, which is now receding.
Emergency responders, including a dive team, then found Mr. McGinnis’s body still inside his car.
We have a crew on the scene.
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