UPDATE: Foley Police said Avery Sawyer, 67, was found dead in his car on Thursday May 1. Police believe Avery drowned during flooding in the area.
Authorities said Avery was last heard from by his girlfriend, who said he was leaving his residence around 9:45 p.m. on April 30, as severe weather and heavy rains caused flooding. Avery’s girlfriend told authorities that he said he was near the airport during the conversation.
FOLEY, Ala. (WALA) Foley Police made a gruesome discovery Thursday, May 01 when they found a man’s body inside a car off Airport Road.
The man had reportedly been missing since Tuesday, April 29 and the family called police Thursday to report they hadn’t seen him. Police found the man’s car, a Buick, about 75 feet off the road heading south on Airport Drive near Magnolia Creek, which is known to flood.
Police believe the man drowned inside his car.
“It appears he could not get out of the vehicle. For what reason? Probably the high water,” said Lt. David White with Foley Police Department.
“Knowing how high the water was there, if there was a car there at that time it doesn’t surprise me it was swept away,” said TJ Neely who lives next to the victim.
Neely said the victim loved to sail and was in construction for some time. A friend of the victim’s told Fox10 News the man was retired.
Officials said they aren’t releasing the victim’s identity at this time and family is asking for privacy.
This is the first flood related fatality Baldwin County.