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TURNER STATION, Ky. (WDRB) -- The body of a Carroll County man was discovered in a swollen creek in what investigators are calling a possible drowning.
Trooper Bradley Arterburn with Kentucky State Police said the victim left a friend's house between 10 and 11 p.m. Saturday and was attempting to cross a slab driveway that runs over a creek when his three-wheel ATV overturned. Friends and relatives didn't make the horrible discovery until Sunday morning just before 9 a.m., he said.
Relatives of the man were visibly shaken and upset when they approached a WDRB reporter. A man who identified himself only as the man's nephew said he wants to thank members of this small community for their support but declined to comment further.
Another woman who said she was a relative said the "whole family is upset" by what happened.
Carroll County was just one of several Kentucky counties that saw torrential rain and storms Saturday as a line of severe thunderstorms passed through the area. Much of the region remained under a flood watch through Sunday afternoon. Neighbors, relatives and authorities believe the high water may have played a role in the accident.
Carroll County Sheriff Jamie Kinman along with the coroner 'a office confirmed the man's identity as Ray Smith Jr.
Kinman said the victim is the son of Arnold Ray Smith, who lost his home to a devastating fire in early December along Gilgal Rd. The fire killed the fiancée of Smith's grandson. The double tragedy is in part why family members said they were too upset to be interviewed.