Police recovered the body of 35-year-old Senior Deputy Jessica
Hollis in Lake Austin around 2 p.m. local time (1900 GMT) following
a search that was aided by boats, helicopters and rescue dogs, the
Travis County Sheriff's Office said.
"We wanted to bring her home alive, but she's been out there in that
water for a while. And she's back home, and she's not out there by
herself anymore," Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton told reporters
at a news conference.
Hollis, a seven-year veteran at the office, was last heard from
early on Thursday morning when she radioed that her car was being
swept away by rushing flood waters at a low water crossing, the
By the time rescuers arrived at the scene near the Mansfield Dam on
the Colorado River in northwest Austin, her car was already
downstream and underwater, police said.
About 4 inches of rain fell in the area on Wednesday, according to
the National Weather Service, and a flash flood watch was in effect
through most of Thursday.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco, editing by Louise
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