ANDERSON, Mo. — After an almost weeklong search, the body of a woman lost in Sunday's flooding has been located.
Linda D. Kuykendall, 64, was in a house on Beaver Branch in Anderson when it was swept away Sunday by floodwaters. She was found at about 9 a.m. Saturday near Oscar Talley Road northeast of Lanagan — about 3.5 miles from the home's foundation, said Anderson Police Chief Seth Daniels.
A candlelight vigil for Kuykendall will be held at 8:30 p.m. tonight at the Beaver Branch crossing on Jefferson Street, which is near the original location of the home.
The search for Kuykendall was in its sixth day of foot searches, drones, cadaver dogs, boats and a helicopter. Saturday's discovery was part of a planned day-long effort involving about 60 volunteers from a local National Guard, neighboring counties and Arkansas, Daniels said.
She was found about 15 minutes after that search began. Daniels said that previous searches of the area had been done by boat and drone, but her body was found in an area with too much cover to be spotted.
"She was far enough south that we hadn't done any ground searches there yet," Daniels said. "We had boats up and down the river multiple times, and had flown drones midweek, but she was in such a wooded area with so much cover."
The house, formerly located at 400 Jon Road, was swept off its foundation Sunday in a flood that damaged a bridge in downtown Anderson and flooded about 80 homes and businesses. Four other family members, including her son, son's fiancee and 1- and 2-year-old grandchildren, were able to escape the house before it was swept downstream. The house was demolished, with pieces of it being located but not an entire structure.
Daniels and the police department thanked a large group of volunteers for the search, including local and neighboring law enforcement agencies, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, first responders and other volunteers.
"They were very instrumental in locating her," Daniels said. "Even in the county, there wouldn't have been enough manpower, because we still need the coverage for local calls. Without the volunteers, this wouldn't have been possible."
No autopsy is planned, Daniels said; the cause of her death appeared to have been from drowning. The body has been transferred to the McDonald County coroner.