Nine days after the search for a missing driver began, Fort Hood emergency responders continue to look for a person said to have been swept into high water near Clear Creek adjacent to Turkey Run Road.
There is no end date in sight for the search effort, according to Fort Hood spokesman Christopher Haug.
“Fort Hood officials will continue their search until the missing individual who was swept into flooding waters in Clear Creek on April 11 is found or it is determined otherwise by the experts involved in the search,” he said in an email Wednesday.
More than 800 people have been involved in the search, according to Haug. That includes people from the Morgan’s Point Resort Fire Department dive and sonar search teams, the Texas Game Warden’s lake search teams, the Texas Task Force One boat and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
All of the search participants are volunteers, according to Haug, and volunteered their specialized expertise at no cost to Fort Hood. They are a part of Fort Hood’s organizational support agreement.
Currently, waterways included in the search are Clear Creek, Cow House Creek, House Creek and Belton Lake along with their surrounding terrain.
No further information was made available.
Haug declined to say whether the owner of the red Ford Focus that was recovered was the person driving the car, or whether there was a missing person’s report filed anywhere in the surrounding area for someone who might have been in the car. He also would not say whether the mud and debris was thick in the general area in which the car was swept away.
“Part of an ongoing investigation, and not releasable at this time,” Haug said in the email.
A diver was killed in the search efforts 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.
Pohanka-Kalama was part of the Morgan’s Point Resort Dive Team, and a former Killeen Independent School District employee.
Morgan’s Point Police Chief Fred Churchill sent a news release Wednesday afternoon announcing services for the public visitations and funeral.
The visitations will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 1 a.m. to noon in Temple at Harper-Talasek Funeral Home, 500 W. Barton Ave. A public memorial service will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, also in Temple at the Vista Community Church, 7051 Stone Hollow Drive.
A procession from the Harper-Talasek Funeral Home to the Austin Bergstrom International Airport will begin at 7 a.m. Sunday.