Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Rescue teams searched five miles of a rain-swollen creek, for a 10-month-old whose father said she was swept from his arms after his vehicle stalled in the water. Searchers two miles downstream on Massac Creek found only the diaper bag and blanket belonging to Katie Michelle Gray.
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.
When deputies arrived, Long said, they found the S-10 Blazer about three-fourths submerged.
Emergency workers used boats, horses, all-terrain vehicles and dogs to search Massac Creek from West Paducah to the Ohio River.
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McCracken County Sheriff's Department