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University officer presumed drowned in Texas flooded creek

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DALLAS (AP) - Authorities searching for the body of an off-duty university police officer presume he drowned when he was swept away in a flooded creek in Dallas.

The Dallas Morning News reports that the Southern Methodist University officer was working a security job at a construction site near Turtle Creek when a thunderstorm hit the area. The unidentified officer called a dispatcher to say his car was being overtaken by water, but he lost contact with authorities around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Dallas Fire-Rescue officials say they are treating the search as a recovery effort rather than a rescue mission. About 40 people and a K-9 team are participating in the search.

The search was halted for around 7 p.m. Tuesday. Crews will continue the search at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

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