GOLDEN VALLEY–A 34-year-old Golden Valley resident was killed early Thursday morning after his vehicle was reportedly swept away during a torrential downpour in the area of Holy Moses Wash.
Authorities identified the victim as Joshua Allen Carlisle, 34.
Mohave County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Anita Mortensen said just after midnight their agency received information that a sport utility vehicle had been swept into a running wash and had become submerged off of Shinarump Road, just west of Oatman Road.
Search and rescue swift water technicians responded to the area to begin searching for the submerged vehicle and its sole occupant. The vehicle was located about a sixth of mile from Shinarump Road by searchers along the bank of the Holy Moses Wash. As swift water technicians continued searching, said Mortensen, a Classic Air Medical helicopter found the Carlisle about two miles from where the vehicle had originally entered the wash.
Mortensen said the high water marks along this wash vary between 10 to 20 feet above the dry wash bed.
The National Weather Service in Las Vegas said Golden Valley and south of Kingman received the most rainfall during Tuesday nights storm. Weather gauges recorded between 1.18 inches to 2.24 inches within three hours in the vicinity.
The Mohave County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue highly encourages everyone to use extreme caution around running water and washes.