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Update: Second body found in Boone Co., believed to be missing woman

John and Amy Villines had their car swept up by flood waters in Nov.

Update (Feb. 10):

BOONE COUNTY, Ark. - Search crews recovered a second body who authorities believe to be a missing Boone County woman. 

Amy Villines and her husband John went missing on Nov. 30. 

It's believed they were in their car when it was swept away by flash flooding. 

John's body was found last week, about 3 miles away from where the most recent body was found. 

The state medical examiner hopes to have a positive ID sometime today. 

Update(Feb. 5):

BOONE COUNTY, Ark. - Sheriff Mike Moore confirms human remains found Monday belong to missing Harrison man, John Villines.

The sheriff says searchers are out again today looking for his wife, Amy Villines. 

No further information has been released by authorities. 


BOONE COUNTY, Ark. (KY3) - Possible human remains have been found Monday according to the sheriff's office. 

Boone County Sheriff Mike Moore says it is possible the remains could be John Villines, who has been missing since November 30.

Investigators found the body along the bank of Crooked Creek off of McDonald Road in Harrison, Ark. The body was recovered from a brush pile and debris. Investigators say they have asked the Arkansas State Crime Lab to conduct an autopsy to identify the body and a cause of death.

The area is the same where John and Amy Villines lost control of an SUV in flash flooding. The couple are known business leaders in the community. The couple's SUV was later found lodged against a bridge. The city drained Harrison Lake in the search.

Original story: 

HARRISON, Ark. (KOLR) - Rescue crews in Harrison (Boone County) are still looking for two people who went missing during Friday's storms.

John and Amy Villines had their car swept up by flood waters, according to witnesses of the event.

First responders discovered the car but didn't find anyone inside.

Crews plan to go through debris piles today near Harrison Lake and Crooked Creek and conduct another search with dogs.

"We started draining the lake yesterday morning," said Marvin Holt, the Harrison Fire Chief. "It probably went down about 8 inches, it'll probably take about 3 or 4 days. We're gonna start walking in the creek, we're going to put walkers in the water."

Holt says several agencies are assisting, including help from sonar technology and robots.

The Villines are business owners in Harrison, and the community has shown up to help search as well.

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