Ford Hood deployed additional soldiers Wednesday to search for the missing driver who was swept away in Clear Creek near Turkey Run Road just before 6 a.m. Tuesday.
Soldiers with the 89th Military Police Brigade and Texas Task Force One search and rescue teams used search dogs to look for the person as soon as the sun rose Wednesday morning.
Emergency crews were using a deliberate search pattern developed from an analysis of topography and meteorological conditions, Fort Hood said. Two AH-64 Apache Helicopters that were deployed Tuesday were again searching from the air on Wednesday. A UH-60 Blackhawk medical evacuation helicopter was also flown to the staging area, where it stands ready to respond as soon as the missing driver is located.
“I want to personally thank the more than 80 emergency responders, including Task Force One search and rescue teams, who have worked tirelessly to support this critical, ongoing effort,” Col. Todd Fox, U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood commander, said in a press release. “We’re doing everything we can to locate the driver and we are very appreciative of the assistance offered and rendered by our Central Texas neighbors.”
Earlier Wednesday morning, Fort Hood officials confirmed the vehicle the missing driver was in had been located. The Army said it had verified the identity of the registered owner of the vehicle, but officials were not sure if the person driving was the owner. The identity of the registered owner was not publicly released.
High water and rain slowed the search on Tuesday. But, weather conditions improved Wednesday. Even so, all tactical low water crossings remained closed Wednesday, along with Old Georgetown Road at Henson Creek.