JAY – The search for a Jay man who was swept away by floodwater concluded Wednesday morning with the discovery of his body, according to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department.
Allen S. Craig, 62, was traveling eastbound on a rural Delaware County road between Jay and Grove about 1 a.m. Sunday when his vehicle stalled as he attempted to cross rapidly flowing floodwater over a low-water concrete bridge in the Whitewater area.
Searchers found his remains at 9:00 a.m. Wednesday, Sheriff’s Captain Larry Barnett said.
The body was located about 250 yards downstream from the bridge where Craig exited his vehicle, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. It was in approximately five feet of water beneath some brush.
The OHP reported Craig was apparently swept away from his stalled vehicle by rushing water. Authorities said Craig exited the vehicle and walked to its rear but was swept away by the current.
“There was a couple of feet of water over the bridge and the creek had gotten as high as six feet,” Barnett said.
A passenger in the vehicle, 64-year-old Marian A. Craig of Jay, stayed in the vehicle and was rescued by members of the Butler Fire Department.
She was taken to a Grove hospital, where she was treated for hypothermia and released.
Efforts of several agencies continued Tuesday morning throughout the day and ended with local giggers coming out after dark to take over the watery search.
Approximately 40 searchers from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Delaware County Sheriff’s Department, Butler Fire Department, Cherokee Nation Marshals, Eucha Fire Department, GRDA, Deerlick Wrecker, Jay and Grove Emergency Managements, were joined by Newton County Emergency Management’s Wilderness Search & Rescue team’s divers and three human remains detection dogs.
About ten members of Craig’s family also joined the search on Tuesday.
Delaware County Sheriff Jay Blackfox said the family and his department were very appreciative of all those who came out to assist with the search.
“The community really pulled together. We are grateful to everyone who helped,” Blackfox said.
Rescuers would like to thank Jay McDonald’s, Sonic, Pizza Hut, Spudnut’s, and Okie Mart, as well as Grove Wal-Mart, Rib Crib, and Charlie’s Chicken for providing food and beverages for them during the four-day search.