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A body found Saturday along Crooked Creek in Boone County is believed to be that of Amy Villines of Harrison, who has been missing since she and her husband John Villines disappeared during a flash flood Nov. 30.

Boone County Sheriff Mike Moore said the body was found in a debris pile along Crooked Creek near Lost Spur Ranch, about three miles upstream from where John Villines' body was recovered Feb. 4.

Positive identification of the body will be determined by the Arkansas State Medical Examiner's office sometime on Monday morning, Moore said.

John and Amy Villines of Harrison disappeared after a Nov. 30 flash flood swept their SUV off Highland Avenue, just south of Capps Road. The vehicle was found lodged against a bridge over a drainage ditch near Ridge Avenue, about a half-mile from the lake. One window was broken out.

Authorities believe the couple escaped from the vehicle but water carried them downstream, through a tunnel under downtown Harrison and into Lake Harrison.

For much of December, the city drained the lake but the bodies weren't found. That meant that the bodies could have been washed over the weir, or low dam, and farther down Crooked Creek. John Villines' T-shirt, sweatpants and wallet were found below the weir on Crooked Creek shortly after the search began.

NW News on 02/12/2019

Print Headline: Body found along Boone County creek believed to be 2nd person swept away in 2018 flash flood

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