3 rescued, 1 arrested after vehicle trapped in flood water

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LYON COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) -

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office tells us tonight they are no longer searching for two missing people. Turns out, it was a misunderstanding. 

First responders rescued three people after deputies say the drove through a blocked off section due to flooding. Their car hydroplaned and ended in the ditch. One person was also arrested for Obstructing Legal Process/Interference with a law enforcement officer.


First responders are searching for two people who are reportedly missing after their vehicle was trapped in flood waters early Saturday morning.

Around 4:30 a.m. Saturday, Lyon County Sheriff's deputies were dispatched for the report of a vehicle in the water near Road J and Road 160 in the Emporia-area. A driver went around a barricaded road, blocked off due to flooding. The current had moved the vehicle across the road, where it landed in a ditch.

The Emporia Fire Department and Lyon County EMS were able to get to the vehicle by boat. Three people were brought to safety and checked by EMS. The people found were Noah Kanyizere, 24, of Wichita; Jay Howe, 18, of Wichita; and a 17-year-old pregnant female. They said two other people, a female and a male named Austin, were with them and left around 2 a.m. The Reading Benefit Fire Department was called out to do an aerial search via drone. They could not find the two other people.

When rescue crews arrived, they found Robert Hise, 18, of Emporia, on a bicycle. He started to go into the water when he was told not to. He was arrested for Obstructing Legal Process/Interference with a law enforcement officer.

The investigation on this case is ongoing.

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