Keith Stephens, spokesman for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has confirmed that Sheriff Cody Carpenter of the Scott County Sheriff Department died during the overnight flash flooding that swept through western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.
Sheriff Carpenter and Conservation Officer Joel Campora were in a boat checking on residents in the Y City area when the Fourche La Fave river level abruptly rose from 2 feet to 26 feet swamping the boat and sweeping both officers away. Conservation Officer Campora is still missing and presumed deceased also.
Arkansas State Police Lt. Col. Keith Moore reported that the Arkansas National Guard was called in due to the massive storm damage and multiple missing persons. A National Guard Blackhawk helicopter from Robinson Air Force base assisted in the recovery of Sheriff Carpenter’s body. The search continues for Conservation Officer Campora.
Severe thunderstorms packing high winds and heavy rain with large hail swept through Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas Thursday and Friday. Three other deaths have been reported with several persons still missing. The National Weather Service later confirmed five tornadoes developed during the storms and flooding.
Sheriff Cody Carpenter served Scott County citizens for over 11 years. He was the Vice Chairman for the Arkansas Sheriff’s Association since 2002. No information was immediately available regarding the Sheriff’s next of kin.
Sheriff Cody Carpenter – gone but never forgotten. EOW: Friday, May 31, 2013
“Graphic created by Fellow Officer Rose Borisow GraFX”
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