Frederick County, (VA) -- On Friday, May 16, around 4:20 in the morning, the Frederick County 911 received a call from Jefferson County, West Virginia 911 advising that they had just received a 911 call from an unknown person. The person said the vehicle he was in was filling up with water and sinking.
The phone was disconnected prior to being able to retrieve any other information. An emergency ping on the number used to call 911 was completed with the ping location results returning in the area of the 1600 block of Old Charlestown Road which is in the area of the low water bridge at Opequon Creek.
Emergency personnel from Frederick and Clarke Counties were dispatched to the area where an extensive search was conducted but due to the extreme flooding from the Opequon Creek and darkness, nothing was located.
On Friday morning as daylight broke, dive members with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Stephens City Volunteer Fire & Rescue and emergency personnel from Clarke County continued to search the area by foot but due to the extreme flooding was not able to locate anything. Also assisting in the search efforts from the air was the Virginia State Police Aviation Unit.
On Saturday, May 17, dive members with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Stephens City Volunteer Fire & Rescue returned to the area to continue the search and due to the water receding overnight, personnel was able to locate what appeared to be a vehicle in the water approximately 200 yards north of the low water bridge area of Old Charlestown Road.
Underwater Rescue personnel from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office and Stephens City Volunteer Fire & Rescue entered the water and located still inside the vehicle was a person later identified as Bryan Sears, 23 of Middletown, Maryland. Sears was pronounced deceased at the scene.
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