Crews suspend search for person reportedly swept away in Kingman wash

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

KINGMAN, Ariz. – Mohave County search and rescue crews have suspended the search for a person that was reported to have been swept away in a running wash Monday night.

An employee of the Mohave County Road Department was conducting traffic control when he saw a male about 5 feet 7 inches tall walk near the embankment and apparently fall into the Mohave Wash near Mallard Drive and Bluebird Lane at about 9:15 p.m.

The employee called 911 after he was unable to locate the male subject. 

The employee was interviewed again on Tuesday and said that he saw a splash in the water but never actually saw the person in the water.

Mohave County Sheriff's Search and Rescue units searched throughout the night and Tuesday morning without finding the person. The search was suspended at 2 p.m.

Spokeswoman Trish Carter said the sheriff's office has not received any reports regarding a missing person and no abandoned vehicles were located in the area. SAR members went door to door in the area to ensure no one was missing.

During the search Monday night, crews responded to a rescue incident a few miles northeast of their location. According to Carter, a white Hummer got swept into a wash about 400 yards down from where the vehicle crossed the Mohave Wash in the Grace Neal Parkway area near Highway 66.

The adult male driver and his 15-year-old nephew were located outside of the vehicle. They were not injured.

There have been heavy rains in the area and a flash flood warning is in effect for Mohave County until 10 p.m. Tuesday.