Emergency response vehicles around the white SUV of Carrie Ruffra.
Crews coordinating the search for Carrie Ruffra.
The Ohio River as seen from near the spot where Ruffra's vehicle was located.
A railroad crossing near the search scene in Otter Creek park.
BRANDENBURG, KY (WAVE) – Authorities in Meade County are searching for a missing 37-year-old woman after finding her SUV abandoned in Otter Creek Park.
Meade County Fire Chief Larry Naser tells WAVE 3's Matt McCutcheon that this began as a missing person's report around 11 a.m. on Independence Day. As is a common practice, the Otter Park director searched the grounds and found a white SUV belonging to Carrie Ruffra near one of the old boat ramps at around 11:30 a.m.
By 1 p.m., there were nearly two dozen Meade County volunteer firefighters along with other fire and police departments, including Kentucky State Police, involved in the search.
Naser said a cell phone belonging to Ruffra was left inside the vehicle. Search teams broke out the windows to search for the woman and any clues. The search then went to the Ohio River and along the park and railroad tracks. The Louisville Metro Police air unit was also called in to help unit with the search.
Ruffra is white, 5' 7", weighs 140 pounds, and has brunette hair. Authorities did not have a clothing description. The last time anyone heard from Ruffra was Tuesday at 8 p.m. when she talked to her husband. The couple has two children.
Naser said the search will continue for another couple of hours. Crews have been taking water breaks due to the extreme heat.
Because the park is closed on Tuesday, it is believed Ruffra's SUV came to the park sometime Wednesday morning.
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