A River Valley woman drowned Saturday (July 27) while swimming in a swollen creek on Brushy Hollow Road in Scott County.
According to Lt. D.J. Pyles with the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, 30-year-old Jodie Hogan was swimming with three friends in runoff water from Lake Hinkle which was covering the road. Lt. Pyles said Hogan got caught in a current that pushed her into a culvert under a low-water bridge.
“These folks decided to go swimming off of that low-water bridge,” Pyles explained. “They were unable to see where the culverts were. And the victim, we believe she entered the water and she just got sucked into it.”
Friends tried to give Hogan CPR and she was not breathing when authorities arrived on scene at 6:15 p.m., Pyles said.
“They tried for about 5 or 10 minutes to try to get her out [of the water],” Pyles said. “It finally took them about 10 minutes from what they said to get her out of the water and by that time she’d already stopped breathing.”
Hogan was taken to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Hogan’s body was sent to the state crime lab to determine a cause of death and to rule out foul play. Pyles said they will also check to see if any drugs or alcohol were in Hogan’s system at the time of her death.
“It was pretty much just a bad accident,” Pyles said. “She didn’t realize how strong the water was when she got washed away and off into the culvert.”
“I pray for her family and I ask God to ease their hearts,” Don Hampleton, who lives near the swollen creek, said. “It’s a terrible situation for them.”
At least one of the people Hogan was with at the time of the accident was intoxicated, according to Pyles.
The road was still under water from heavy rain Monday.
Hogan was from the Mena area, but had been staying in Scott County, according to authorities.