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    KY - Katie Gray, 10 months, West Paducah, 29 Nov 2004

    Baby girl swept away by flood near Paducah
    Father lost his grip on car seat in creek

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    By James Malone
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    The Courier-Journal
    WEST PADUCAH, Ky. Rescue teams searched five miles of a rain-swollen creek yesterday for a 10-month-old whose father said she was swept from his arms after his vehicle stalled in the water.

    By midmorning, searchers two miles downstream on Massac Creek found only the diaper bag and blanket belonging to Katie Michelle Gray, said Mitchell Covington, a McCracken County Rescue Squad member.

    Her father, Johnnie Gray, 37, a mechanic, told investigators that he had been test-driving a sport-utility vehicle to check repairs, county Chief Deputy Terry Long said.

    Gray and his wife, Sandy Gray, 32, also said they occasionally took the baby on drives at night to help her to fall asleep, Long said.

    About midnight they drove on a remote gravel road off Mayfield-Metropolis Road, crossed the creek and turned around in a nearby gravel pit, Long said the father told investigators. The family waited about 15 minutes before attempting to return, Long said.

    But the water had risen, the vehicle stalled, and Gray and his wife attempted to get out, Long said.

    Sandy Gray said she was swept away by the current, but she was able to get out of the water, Long said.

    Johnnie Gray said he grabbed his daughter's car seat with her in it and attempted to get to the bank but lost his footing and his grip on the seat, Long said.

    Long said it took the couple about an hour to report what happened because Johnnie Gray said he tried to find the baby and then had to walk to the closest house to call authorities.
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    http://www.courier-journal.com/local...2010-3123.html

    Katie is missing in Paducah, KY, where I live. There seems to be no way Katie can still be alive. Local SAR teams and other volunteers have been out night and day searching but nothing found yet except a baby blanket and diaper bag.

    The circumstances are tragic and questions do arise about the situation, timing, location, etc


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    This sounds highly suspect.


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    Dear God how horrible. I pray that it was an accident and there was no foul play. We've had way TOO much of that!!


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    I also hope the parents were just behaving foolishly--and not criminally-- Monday night regarding their own and their daughter's safety.

    Police did the right thing immediately searching near the couple's apartment (it's 8 miles from the creek site by my calculation) and innocent parents also have the right to be upset for being suspected. That's just part of investigating a tragedy.

    Johnnie Gray is angry that police searched the woods and dumpster behind his apartment instead of searching the creek. "We've been up all night dealing with the police, and last night the police shows up ... and cleans out every dumpster in the apartment, and put the dogs in the woods, looking for our baby.

    Police say it's part of their investigation and they do not suspect foul play at this time.
    - http://www.wave3.com/Global/story.as...5&nav=0RZFTkAV

    MrPigeon is a volunteer fireman and we heard the call Monday night for rescue assistance on his radio (next fire district over, so he didn't respond). Of course it's front page news here but our local newspaper (The Paducah Sun) although online can't be read without paid subscription so the news available on the internet is from other sources in the state.


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    from the Associated Press today:

    Paducah (AP) The father of a 10-month-old missing since Monday in flooded Massac Creek took a polygraph test.

    Johnnie Gray claimed he lost his grip of his daughter's car seat the creek.

    Gray says he voluntarily took the test to prove his innocence in the disappearance of Katie Michelle Gray.

    McCracken County Sheriff Frank Augustus confirmed that Gray took the test but would not discuss the results.

    Crews were working to build a makeshift earthen dam and pump water out of the creek. That came after two cadaver dogs indicated a body may be in an area just downstream from where the incident happened.


    Drove by the site this afternoon and not a soul there. Nothing on the local news and nothing new on the internet, either. From the looks of things--actually the lack of -- at the creek the search has been suspended.


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    thanks LP for the updates. I really hope this was an accident. To many babbies are dying at the hands of someone they trust.


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    The search has been suspended. Sheriff Augustus says other leads are being pursued. The Ohio is rising and that causes water to back up into the creeks that empty into the river, so that could be one reason to suspend the search.

    Another is that the area of the creek where cadaver dogs indicated interest has been searched and dug out and nothing found.

    The car seat with the body inside could have been swept into the river while the creek waters were first high. Or searches of the creek have just failed to find the body. Or, the car seat and Katie were never in the creek at all.

    I think cadaver scent on the baby blanket would indicate that the blanket was in contact with a dead child but I'm not absolutely positive whether the cadaver dog indicated a firm alert on the blanket or on the creek bank or at all. I know interest was shown at the same area by both cadaver dogs brought in, but I don't know if the dogs actually were given the blanket to scent after the blanket was found.


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    Thanks for the updates, LP.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Casshew
    This sounds highly suspect.
    I'm with you on this one Cass.

    They are out at midnight with him supposedly checking repairs that were done on an S-10 Blazer.

    They cross the creek, turn around in a gravel pit and then.... 15 minutes later try to cross the creek again. What were they doing in that 15 minutes? Was he under the hood checking something that sounded funny since they were apparently driving the vehicle for that reason? Couldn't see or hear the creek rising?

    And did they grab the diaper bag when trying to save their lives and the life of their baby? Or leave the vehicle doors open and it floated out?

    Nope, this just doesn't sound right to me. Wish I knew more.


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    Interesting that the Dad took the Polygraph and not the Mom. I hope this is just a freak tragedy and that no one murdered this infant

    I know all families are different but driving around at midnight with an baby to check car repairs just sounds all wrong. Can't blame the police for checking out the dumpster etc... and can't blame innocent parents for being upset that they are suspected on top of dealing with thier grief and guilt.

    Waiting to hear more on this one.. thanks LP


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    Why is this suspect to you? Are you familiar with the flooding in this area? I am very familiar with this area. The rivers and creeks. Unless you are in downtown Paducah, you have to walk a ways anywhere. This is sad, but sounds to me to simply be a tragedy. I am very sorry for the greiving parents. It is always sad to me when people try to make the greiving loved ones out to be villians.
    Quote Originally Posted by Casshew
    This sounds highly suspect.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BeeBee
    I'm with you on this one Cass.

    They are out at midnight with him supposedly checking repairs that were done on an S-10 Blazer.

    They cross the creek, turn around in a gravel pit and then.... 15 minutes later try to cross the creek again. What were they doing in that 15 minutes? Was he under the hood checking something that sounded funny since they were apparently driving the vehicle for that reason? Couldn't see or hear the creek rising?

    And did they grab the diaper bag when trying to save their lives and the life of their baby? Or leave the vehicle doors open and it floated out?

    Nope, this just doesn't sound right to me. Wish I knew more.
    Actually, this IS exactly the type of thing I would expect to see in Paducah.

    No, you very likely wouldn't see or hear the creek rising, either.


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    If you've been to this area, you could see how very easily this type of accident could occur. There were parks in the Paducah area that I specifically didn't go to with my children because of the rivers.

    Very Sad. I hope WS's will simply pray for the greiving family and not falsely accuse them.

    Quote Originally Posted by alpharee
    thanks LP for the updates. I really hope this was an accident. To many babbies are dying at the hands of someone they trust.


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    Fran, I live in Paducah, or more specifically in Lone Oak. The area where this happened is out in McCracken county and not in town. You have to turn off of Massac Metropolis road onto a gravel road that runs alongside a soybean field that's private property. It's 8 miles by Mapquest from their apartment to that location.

    The creek was full, rising, and it was still raining when the Grays drove out there last Monday night. It could be an accident that the car was caught in rising creek water but it's not as if the creek were dry then suddenly flooded. There had been lots of rain before that night and creeks were full and still rising on Monday.

    BeeBee, the dad told police early on that they drove across, sat for a few minutes listening to the water in the creek, then attempted to drive back across. Listening to the water is what he told police they were doing in that 15 minutes or so.

    Casshew, the mother was checked into the psychiatric ward of one local hospital just a few hours after this happened. Police haven't been able to talk to her at all.


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    I'm glad you live there. It is a wonderful place. Surely you can understand how this could be an accident. Unfortunately, many people die each year not realizing the danger of rising water.

    I am very sorry for the parents and what they are going through.

    (OT, Last time I was in Paducah they were putting up the lovely murals downtown along the water. They had many done. How does it look now?)
    Quote Originally Posted by LovelyPigeon
    Fran, I live in Paducah, or more specifically in Lone Oak. The area where this happened is out in McCracken county and not in town. You have to turn off of Massac Metropolis road onto a gravel road that runs alongside a soybean field that's private property. It's 8 miles by Mapquest from their apartment to that location.

    The creek was full, rising, and it was still raining when the Grays drove out there last Monday night. It could be an accident that the car was caught in rising creek water but it's not as if the creek were dry then suddenly flooded. There had been lots of rain before that night and creeks were full and still rising on Monday.

    BeeBee, the dad told police early on that they drove across, sat for a few minutes listening to the water in the creek, then attempted to drive back across. Listening to the water is what he told police they were doing in that 15 minutes or so.

    Casshew, the mother was checked into the psychiatric ward of one local hospital just a few hours after this happened. Police haven't been able to talk to her at all.


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