WAYNESVILLE – Details have emerged in a case involving a mother and her child who were swept away by floodwaters earlier this week.
Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long said the body of 4-year-old Elyjah M. Lee was recovered in Waynesville on Tuesday, but his single mother, Jessica D. Lee, 23, of Waynesville, has yet to be found.
At about 4:52 a.m. Tuesday, dispatchers received a call about a woman who was trapped on top of her SUV in a washed-out creek near the area of Ichord Boulevard and Interstate 44 in Waynesville.
Long said Lee's vehicle was washed away into a small creek near Southside Road, located south of Interstate 44, which carried the vehicle underneath the interstate 300 yards and near G.W. Lane.
Police officials recovered the vehicle shortly after the child's body was found in Mitchell Creek around 7:45 a.m. Tuesday.
After being swept away, Mrs. Lee was able to make a 911 call and spoke to a relative on her cell phone, notifying both parties she and her child were in peril.
Some personal items have been discovered in and near where the vehicle was discovered.
Long said that, due to the circumstances, "all factors indicate that [Mrs. Lee] has probably perished in the flood waters.
More than 50 individuals, including police dogs, volunteers, and members local fire departments and EMS, have been brought in to assist efforts to recover Lee's body.
Officials have notified Lee's family members of the situation.