Press release: UPDATE: Search underway for missing person along Wolf Creek (Franklin County)

The following information was released by the DNR Thursday:

For immediate release: August 3, 2023

UPDATE: Search underway for missing person along Wolf Creek (Franklin County)

Indiana Conservation Officers have released the identity of the two individuals swept away by floodwaters while staying in a cabin along Wolf Creek on July 28.

The body of Hardy Harris Jr., 49, was recovered from the water on the afternoon of July 29.

The second individual, Virginia Marie Pennington, 53 is still missing.

Search efforts continue and have extended beyond the initial search area to include the area where Wolf Creek meets the Whitewater River.

Release as of July 29, 2023, at 11:28 a.m.

Indiana Conservation Officers and multiple other agencies continue to search for a missing person who was one of two individuals swept away yesterday by floodwaters along Wolf Creek in Franklin County.

At noon, county first responders received a report that two people who were staying in a cabin near the creek were missing, and the cabin had been washed away.  

After searching the area, responders found one individual downstream of the cabin’s original location at 1:30 p.m., and the individual was pronounced dead on scene.

Search efforts continued through the evening but were later suspended due to dangerous conditions. The search for the second individual continues today.

The names of all involved are being withheld pending family notification.  


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