Authorities working in flood-ravaged Maryland found the body of a missing Army National Guardsman in the Patapsco River, just east of the heavily damaged town of Ellicott City on Tuesday, the Howard County Police Department said.
Since Sunday evening, rescuers had been searching for Sgt. Eddison Hermond of the Maryland Army National Guard.
The 39-year-old assigned to Camp Fretterd Military Reservation in Reisterstown was at a Mexican restaurant in Ellicott City’s historic downtown area when the flooding began, said Sarah Lopez, whose husband met Hermond 20 years ago in the US Air Force.
Lopez, who was attending a birthday party with Hermond and her husband, said Hermond left the party to help a woman rescue her cat. Witnesses returned and said Hermond slipped into the river and was carried away, she said.
“(The people with Hermond) saw him go under the water and not surface,” police Chief Gary Gardner told reporters.