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article imageBody of missing deputy swept away by flood waters recovered

By Greta McClain     Sep 19, 2014 in World
Austin - Rescue crews frantically searched for a missing Texas Sheriff's deputy after her patrol car was swept away by rushing flood waters early Thursday morning.
Travis County Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis, 35-years-old, was checking a low-water crossings in the Austin, Texas area early Thursday morning. Hollis, a 7-year veteran of the sheriff's department, had responded to the area due to flash flooding caused by a slow moving storm producing heavy rainfall. Shortly before 2:00 a.m. central time, Hollis radioed that patrol car was getting washed away by the rushing flood waters and requested assistance. Her fellow deputies rushed to the scene but there was no sign of Hollis.
Alexander Davsley, a resident of the area, located the deputy's patrol car stranded on some
Patrol car belonging to a missing sheriff s deputy.
Patrol car belonging to a missing sheriff's deputy.
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rocks in Bear Creek a few hours later. Both the driver's and passenger side windows were open, but Hollis was no longer in the vehicle.
Roger Wade, spokesman for the Travis County Sheriff's Department told My San Antonio:
"We believe she was swept into the low-water crossing by water going down the street. We were searching all day and we will continue searching until we find something."
An estimated 100 first responders from multiple local, state and federal public safety agencies have joined in search, which has lasted more than 38 hours. Officials are using canine units, boats, metal detectors and helicopters equipped with infrared technology according to WHOU.
According to Weather.com, some parts of the Austin area received 3.27 inches of rain in just two hours, while other areas recorded 5.99 inches in just one hour.
UPDATE:
At approximately 4:00 p.m. central time, the body of Deputy Hollis was located in Lake Austin. Hollis leaves behind a husband who is an officer with the Austin Police Department and a twelve-year-old son. Senior Deputy Brett Spicer, president of the Travis County Sheriffs’ Law Enforcement Association, told The Statesman:
“The people should know that she gave her life — she was out that night patrolling our streets in Travis County — to keep people safe. She gave her life protecting others.”
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