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State police, firefighters and canine teams search for missing Carter woman

Mary Littleton, 72, of Fultz, Ky., in Carter County, was lost Wednesday, July 21, 2010, as her mobile home washed away in a flash flood.
Mary Littleton, 72, of Fultz, Ky., in Carter County, was lost Wednesday, July 21, 2010, as her mobile home washed away in a flash flood.

Kentucky State Police, local fire departments, state canine teams and others searched a small area of Fultz Road in Carter County for a woman who was lost when her home was destroyed in flooding Wednesday morning.

Relatives said they were trying to get Mary Littleton, 72, out of the mobile home and saw it wash away, state police Ashland post spokesman Trooper Elliott Gollihue said. Some relatives live nearby, he said.

On Wednesday, rescue workers found the wreckage of her home, but she was not inside, county officials said.

So far, the search for Littleton was limited to about a half-mile radius, and water in the creek hadn't subsided Thursday afternoon, making the search difficult, Gollihue said.

Gov. Steve Beshear visited nearby Olive Hill and other areas of Carter County on Thursday and added five counties to a disaster area that started Saturday when heavy rain flooded areas of Shelby and Pike counties.

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