Mo. sheriff's deputy dies when flooding sweeps away car

The officer had worked for the Greene County Sheriff's Office for about a year and is survived by a wife and child

Duty Death: Aaron Paul Roberts - [Fair Grove, Missouri]

End of Service: 09/07/2018


Associated Press

FAIR GROVE, Mo. — Authorities say a Missouri sheriff's deputy has died after his patrol car was swept away by floodwaters.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that 35-year-old Greene County Deputy Aaron Paul Roberts had just returned to service following a 911 hang-up call Friday night when he radioed that his car had been washed off the road into the Pomme de Terre River in Fair Grove, which is about 180 miles southwest of St. Louis.

In this Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 photo, crews search for a Greene County Sheriff's deputy believed to have been swept away by high water in northern Greene County in Mo. (Andrew Jansen/The Springfield News-Leader via AP)
In this Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 photo, crews search for a Greene County Sheriff's deputy believed to have been swept away by high water in northern Greene County in Mo. (Andrew Jansen/The Springfield News-Leader via AP)

Sheriff Jim Arnott says Roberts' body was found inside the car a short time later.

The National Weather Service in Springfield reports that there was heavy rainfall and flooding in low-lying areas in that region Friday night.

Roberts had worked for the Greene County Sheriff's Office for about a year. He is survived by a wife and child.

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