DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - Search crews believe they found the vehicle that was swept in by floodwaters at Buck’s Pocket Friday night.
On Wednesday afternoon, search crews found a vehicle underwater near the site of the accident. It was beneath a culvert on Matheny Creek.
At this time, they cannot confirm this is the vehicle from Friday night but they have reason to believe it is.
A scuba diver from Etowah County was called to the scene along with a heavy recovery rotator wrecker. The diver, assisted by the rotator wrecker and swift water rescue team, attempted to dive to the location of the vehicle. However, the water current was too strong to allow the diver to completely submerge and search the area where the vehicle was suspected of being.
Crews say there is still no sign of 18-year-old Koy Spears of Geraldine.
The accident occurred Friday night when officials say Spears and two others drove onto the concrete bridge Friday night and flood waters pulled the vehicle into the waterway.
The two others were found holding onto a tree and were rescued.
“We just have to eliminate by grid pattern along the creek. There’s obvious places it can’t be due to the depth and we would already see it so we’re just going to continue our efforts and until we meet our objective and that’s bringing the body back to the family,” said Lake Guntersville State Park superintendent Mike Jeffreys.
The search is suspended until the water recedes enough to let crews search safely.
EDITORS NOTE: Our report originally noted the vehicle was found near the Matheny Creek dam. We have since corrected the story to list the location as a culvert on Matheny Creek.