Friend speaks about woman whose body was found after flood

PIKE COUNTY, Ind. (WAVY) – A body discovered Friday afternoon in Indiana has been identified as a Hampton Roads woman who was lost in flood waters back in December.

According to a release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, around 1:45 p.m., a local resident found a body lying on top of corn stalk debris near the mouth of a creek that feeds into the White River.

On December 29 around 7:45 a.m., Adam and Cathryn McGill were traveling on Highway 257 at the Pike-Daviess County line when their vehicle was swept into flood waters of the White River. Nearby waterfowl hunters were able to rescue 35-year-old Adam, but they were not able to find 31-year-old Cathryn.

The search for Cathryn began that day and continued, the IDNR release stated. Search and rescue efforts included bank searches, side scan sonar, canine searches, wading shallow water, dragging operations, use of a Remote Operated Vehicle, and digging through and removing large debris piles made mostly of corn stalks and trees.

The body was taken to the Vanderburgh County Morgue for examination and identification, and was identified Saturday as Cathryn McGill. The cause of death was ruled a drowning.

WAVY News’ Lauren Compton spoke with a friend of Cathryn McGill Saturday in Chesapeake. Mary Gidaro said this is a painful closure for everyone who loved Cathryn.

“Any person that she came into contact with that she knew, I think everybody loved her and I know she will never be forgotten. She is always in my heart as she is so many others,” said Gidaro.

In December, Adam McGill was transported to Davies County Community Hospital and then transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Evansville where he was treated for hypothermia. He was released the next day, a Monday.

That Monday, the McGills’ Chevrolet Colorado truck was located about 75 miles from the road, submerged in water. The following Friday several personal items were discovered in a field downstream from the accident site.

At the time of the incident, the McGills were traveling from Des Plaines, Illinois, where Cathryn is originally from, back to their home in Hampton Roads.

Adam McGill is a CPO/Machinist Mate aboard the USS Bataan, based in Norfolk. Cathryn taught beginner ice skating at the Chilled Ponds Ice Sports Complex in Chesapeake for three years, according to Director of Skating Erin Tucker.

Stay with WAVY.com and WAVY News 10 on the air for updates on this developing story.

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