The body of a pastor’s wife in southeastern Indiana has been found in a creek after she was reported in danger from flash flooding on new year’s eve.
Carol Jackson, the 63-year-old wife of pastor Jerran Jackson at Clarksburg Christian Church in Franklin County and mother of six, has been pronounced dead after her body was discovered by authorities who say that her car was swept away by flooding on Monday night.
Indiana conservation officers discovered Jackson’s car and then found her body around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday in Pipe Creek, according to news station RTV6.
Fellow churchgoers recalled Jackson as being a wonderful and vibrant part of the church community.
“Carol was the light of our church,” Carol Holzback told CBS 4.
Another friend of Jackson’s, Becky Gault, told the news outlet that Jackson “planted so many seeds of hope” and encouraged everyone to be at church.
Jerran Jackson called police around 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 to report that his wife contacted him about how her vehicle was filling with water and being swept away.
According to officials, the search for Jackson involved multiple government agencies and as many as 150 volunteers. Investigators believe that Jackson might have been on a concrete slab when the force of the water pushed her into Pipe Creek.
Family and church members gathered for a prayer vigil at the church on Tuesday night.