LaRue Co. police identify woman who was swept away by flood waters

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 2, 2013 at 2:46 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 2 at 5:24 PM

LARUE COUNTY, Ky. (WHAS11) – Family members are mourning after a woman from Lyons Station was swept away in a thunderstorm. Her boyfriend was not able to save her from raging creek water.

Valerie Holt, 28, accidentally drowned, according to the LaRue County coroner, in Otter Creek over Labor Day weekend.

"We had hopes yesterday morning that maybe she was hurt or crawled out on the bank and we'd find her there," LaRue County Sheriff, Merle Edlin said.

Dozens of people began a search and rescue mission after 10:00 Saturday night including 55 EMS workers from LaRue County and other departments.

Sheriff Edlin says Holt and her boyfriend were at a campground drinking and partying with friends when they were suddenly trapped in a severe thunder storm as they tried to cross the swollen creek on an ATV. Holt and the four-wheeler were swallowed by the water.

"He lost her hand and he made it to the bank and heard her hollering but by that time he was trapped," Edlin said.

The rescue went into recovery mode as her body was found five miles away in Rolling Fork River.

"We found a piece of a Louisville hoodie sweatshirt she was wearing around 1:00 yesterday afternoon and we didn't feel good."

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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