Betty McMullen, 86, of rural Fairbury was found dead last Friday the victim of what Jefferson County Sheriff Nels Sorensen called “a flood related death.”
According to Sheriff Sorensen, McMullen, who lived on the blacktop road south of Fairbury on the Crystal Springs road has been missing since Thursday, following torrential rains that caused the Little Blue River to flood.
“Members of the Fairbury Fire Departments attempted to make contact and evacuate her ,” he said. “Her residence had been surrounded by flood waters.”
Sheriff Sorensen said fire officials searched and could not locate McMullen at her residence or on the farmstead. He said during the initial search the basement of the house was completely full of flood water.
“The conditions were very treacherous for rescue personnel and the search was suspended until conditions improved,” he said.