DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – There is still no sign of a SMU police officer who was swept down Turtle Creek with his vehicle early Tuesday. Crews were able to locate the car at the bottom of the creek on Tuesday afternoon, but the search will continue Wednesday for the officer’s body.
The creek was filled with rainwater when the officer called for help just after 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday. He said that the water was starting to come up over the hood of his white Dodge, and that he felt his car moving. Surveillance video from a nearby home shows the officer abandoning his vehicle before it was taken away by the water.
At this point, authorities do not expect that the officer will be found alive.
“Our prayers and thoughts are with the officer’s family members and other loved ones as the search continues,” Chief Richard Shafer with the SMU Police Department said in a statement on Tuesday.
Officials do not plan on releasing the officer’s name until his body has been located, but said that he was working off-duty as a private security guard at a construction site in Highland Park. It is not known if the officer was in uniform or plain clothes for the job.
Search crews will be back out on the water with rafts and paddles early Wednesday, retracing their steps for a second attempt at finding the missing officer. Turtle Creek ultimately feeds into the Trinity River, so the search could become quite extensive if workers cannot find the body soon.