Missouri sheriff's deputy dies after flood waters swept away his patrol car

FAIR GROVE, Mo. (WDAF) — A southwest Missouri sheriff’s deputy died after floodwaters swept away his patrol car Friday night.

35-year-old Greene County Deputy Aaron Paul Roberts had just returned to service following a 911 hang-up call. He radioed that his car had been washed off the road into the Pomme de Terre River in Fair Grove, which is about 180 miles southwest of St. Louis.

Sheriff Jim Arnott said authorities found Roberts’ body near the road a short time later.

Roberts worked for the Greene County Sheriff’s Office for about a year. He leaves behind a wife and child.

Springfield's KYTV says nearly five inches of rain fell on eastern Greene County Friday night.   Video from the station shows flooded low-water crossings in the area.

The Sheriff’s Mounted Posse of Greene County has started a Go Fund Me for Deputy Aaron Roberts family.

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