- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

MCGUIREVILLE, Ariz. (AP) - The Latest on a vehicle washed down a flooded Arizona creek (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

Authorities say a body has been spotted downstream from where a vehicle ended up after being washed away when its driver tried to use an unbridged crossing of a runoff-swollen creek in north-central Arizona.

Spokesman Dwight D’Evelyn of the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office says a state Department of Public Safety helicopter’s crew searching for the missing driver spotted the body about a mile below the vehicle in the McGuireville area near the Verde Valley.

Ground personnel were en route to the area where the body was found.

Firefighters from several departments earlier used a raft tethered by ropes to reach the mostly submerged vehicle in the swift-flowing creek.

Firefighters bashed out the vehicle’s rear window and looked inside but didn’t see anybody.

12:30 p.m.

Authorities say a man is missing after his vehicle got washed down a creek swollen by storm runoff when he tried to drive across an unbridged crossing in north-central Arizona.

Fire Chief Terry Keller of the Copper Canyon Fire and Medical Authority said firefighters used a raft to reach the mostly submerged vehicle in the McGuireville area near the Verde Valley Tuesday but didn’t spot anybody inside.

Kelller says search and rescue crews will look for the missing man.

Several agencies participated in the operation which had four firefighters in a raft tethered by ropes being lowered downstream to reach the vehicle.

Keller says the firefighters punched out the rear hatch window to check the flooded vehicle but couldn’t see anybody inside.

The missing man’s identity wasn’t released.

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