The following was released this afternoon by Polk County Sheriff Scott Sawyer.
"On Monday, 2/11/19, at approximately 10:40 am, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one vehicle accident on Hwy 375 East, just outside Mena. The vehicle, a 2007 Chrysler Town & Country mini-van, left the roadway and went into Prairie Creek. The van traveled approximately 60 yards down the flooded creek before coming to a rest in the middle of the creek.
Upon arrival, Sheriff’s Department personnel checked the vehicle and were unable to locate a driver. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Polk County OES, Southwest Ambulance Service, and several area fire departments began an extensive ground search.
At approximately 2:00 pm searchers recovered the body of a 71-year-old white female. The body was recovered from Prairie Creek .55 miles east of Hwy 375 East. The body was identified as the registered owner of the Chrysler mini-van."
2-11-19 4:53 p.m. KAWX.ORG