The Lee County Sheriff`s Office has found a car that went into a swollen creek Tuesday night, and officials say a woman who drove the route where it was located is missing.
The small, dark car disappeared at approximately 7:30 p.m. off FM 1624 south of Lexington. Lexington is 45 miles east of Austin.
According to Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson John Hurt, work crews were setting up barricades near Middle Yegua Creek when a car drove past them at a high rate of speed.
Two crews were on either side of the creek and worker saw the car go nose down into the water. One of the workers tried to search for the vehicle but couldn’t locate it, said Hurt.
A vehicle was found in the creek at around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Officials say they’re not sure if it’s the car that drove past the TxDOT crews. They have not been able to remove the car or identify its make or model from the creek because it’s submerged in five feet of water. Crews are waiting for the water to recede before they extract it.
A KEYE TV crew has spoken to a man at the scene whose wife, Sally Gail Luker (pictured), has been missing since Tuesday night. It is still unknown if anyone is in the vehicle.
Investigators say they’re not sure if the vehicle is hers, but she did drive the route where it was found. The operation has gone into a search and recovery mode, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
We will update this developing story as we learn more.