Fort Hood officials are continuing a search-and-rescue effort for the driver of a red Ford Focus who was swept away during a storm April 11 near Clear Creek adjacent to Turkey Run Road.

The Fort Hood Press Center on Tuesday had no new developments to report in the weeklong search for the driver.

Officials know who owns the vehicle, but are unable to determine whether the person swept away was the owner or someone else.

No names will be released until the missing person is found, officials said Monday.

Search teams are averaging about six miles a day along the creek bed, which empties into House Creek and Cowhouse Creek, a tributary of Belton Lake.

More than 80 emergency personnel, including swift-water rescue teams, and air assets, including two AH-64 Apache helicopters from the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, were a part of the search, which is suspended during overnight hours.

One of the searchers, a former Killeen Independent School District employee, died in an effort Sunday.

Lori Pohanka-Kalama, 46, suffered fatal injuries when she was pulled into an underwater hole during the search-and-rescue, Bell County officials said Monday.

KISD officials, in a statement Tuesday, said: “We are saddened by the loss of a former district employee. The Killeen Independent School District would like to extend our deepest sympathy and sincere condolences to the family and friends of Lori Pohanka-Kalama.”

Pohanka-Kalama was a speech pathologist during the 2012-2013 school year, working on multiple campuses throughout the district.

254-501-7568 | quinton@kdhnews.com

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