Body of second person swept away in flood found - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

Rescuers: Body of second person swept away in flood found in lake

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Staging area near search site (FOX Carolina) Staging area near search site (FOX Carolina)
Helicopter searching near Haywood Road (FOX Carolina) Helicopter searching near Haywood Road (FOX Carolina)
Staging area near search site (FOX Carolina) Staging area near search site (FOX Carolina)
Kimberly Jackson (Photo provided) Kimberly Jackson (Photo provided)
Timothy Sullivan (Courtesy: Greenville Police/ family) Timothy Sullivan (Courtesy: Greenville Police/ family)

Rescuers said the body of a man missing since Saturday night after he and a woman were swept away by flood waters has been found.

Crews with the Greenville Fire Department and the Greenville Rescue Squad said the second day of searching for the male victim began at 7 a.m. Monday from a staging area set up at the Burlington Coat Factory shopping center on Laurens Road.

Police Chief Mike Gambrell said the victim's car and another car stalled out near the corner of Bydland Drive and Old Airport Road due to flooding that resulted from Saturday night's storms.

Gambrell said people in both cars got out and sat on the roof before the man and woman decided to try to swim to safety.

The people on the roof of the other car witnessed the two get swept away as they got into the path of a creek bed that went into a culvert, according to Gambrell.

A van later pulled up to the same area and got sucked into the culvert. Gambrell said the people inside were about to get to safety.

The van was located on Monday lodged in a pipe underneath Haywood Road.

The man and woman went missing just before 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, but conditions only allowed rescuers to conduct a ground search, which was unsuccessful, according to Inspector L. C. Dendy with the Greenville Fire Department. 

Crews located an unoccupied car that they believe belonged to the missing people, Dendy said. The car was found on Byrdland Drive, just off Airport Road, Dendy said.

Just before 7 a.m. Sunday, more than 70 rescuers mobilized for a more thorough search of the area. Dendy said crews were searching all culverts, drainage and sewer lines in an area between Haywood Road and Verdae Boulevard.

Shortly after 10 a.m. Dendy reported that a body was found in a drainage area behind the Haywood Crossing Plantation Apartments.

Coroner Parks Evans identified the victim as Kimberly Jackson, 36, of North Main Street, Mauldin.

Crews continued to search for the male victim, who police identified as Timothy Sullivan, 39, until he was found on Monday afternoon.

Claude Turner with the Greenville Fire Department said boats, helicopters and canine teams were called in to help with the search.

Turner said crews were also fighting against heavy brush in creek beds; obstacles and blockages in sewers and storm drains; poisonous snakes, spiders, and bees.

Turner said crews searched more than four miles of a creek bed and drainage system that travels from the Haywood Road area to the Conestee.

The body of Sulivan was found off Haywood Road at 2:40 p.m. Monday, rescuers confirmed.

Claude Turner with the city of Greenville said Sullivan's body was found submerged in a pond near Halton and Haywood roads.

Turner said divers found the body. He said the body was a quarter mile from the culvert entrance which witnesses said the people were swept into.

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