UPDATE: Missing Charlotte County woman found dead

Published: Oct. 12, 2018 at 11:41 AM EDT
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Virginia State Police say they have recovered the remains of a Charlotte County woman that went missing on the morning of October 12.

Police say at approximately 11:30 a.m. Saturday, a volunteer K9 rescue team recovered the remains of Ruby S. Allen, 62, of Eureka, Va. Allen was located approximately one mile from the vehicle where she and two family members were stranded on a bridge along Mt. Harmony Road in Charlotte County.

She and her son, Ronnie Allen Jr., 36, of Eureka, Va., were swept away in the flash flood over the bridge. Neither survived the incident. Ronnie Allen's 17-year-old son was the third occupant of the vehicle and was rescued by Charlotte County Sheriff's Deputies.

"I want to commend the incredible number of volunteers who came out to assist with the search efforts for Ms. Allen today," said Charlotte County Administrator Dan Witt. "We are thankful for the hard work and long hours put forth by our volunteer fire and EMS personnel, the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office, the Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. We keep the Allen family in our thoughts and prayers as they seek comfort and peace in the wake of this very tragic situation."

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) is now reporting six storm-related deaths - to include Allen.


The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office confirmed one dead and another missing the morning of Friday, October 12, after a response to a car stranded on a Mt. Harmony Road bridge around 7:28 p.m. Thursday.

The Charlotte County Sheriff's office stated that the vehicle originally had three occupants who were said to be clinging to the bridge railings.

A 17-year-old male was able to be rescued, while the two other adults -one male the other female- were swept away in the flood waters.

After an overnight search, the remains of a adult male were recovered but the search continues for the female.