GREEN COUNTY, MO. (THECOUNT) — Greene County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Paul Roberts, has been identified as the victim who drowned Friday night after his patrol car was washed off the roadway by rushing water during a storm, officials say.
After an extensive search involving multiple departments, Roberts, 35, was found dead in his patrol car just north of Fair Grove, according to Sheriff Jim Arnott.
Arnott told reporters that Roberts had just cleared a call, which was a 911 hang-up, when he radioed in that his car had been washed off the roadway.
“We ask you to keep Deputy Roberts’ family in your prayers, and the entire Greene County Sheriff’s Office as we are grieving this loss,” Arnott said. source
The 911 call was from the 9500 block of East Farm Road 2, near the Greene County-Dallas County line. Arnott said the deputy’s vehicle was washed off the roadway at a low-water crossing on nearby Cabin Creek Road.
Arnott said the patrol car was taken a couple of hundred feet off the roadway, but the water was so deep that the car was submerged for a time.
First responders lined Cabin Creek Road near the water crossing throughout Friday night, into Saturday morning.
Roberts had been with the Greene County Sheriff’s Office for about a year, Arnott said. He previously worked with the Willard Police Department. According to social media, he appeared several times on A&E series, LIVE PD.