It appears a University of Nebraska-Lincoln student missing for more than a week was swept away by rapidly moving water in a Lincoln creek.
Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong says a local business has stepped forward with surveillance footage that appears to show 30-year-old Anwesha Dey fall into Antelope Creek on Sunday, May 3rd.
“The video shows her struggling in the water as she’s attempting to regain her footing and trying to get to the shore, although the water seemed to be moving too fast and it appears as though it carried her away,” Peschong tells reporters during a news conference.
Dey is from India. Her family says she doesn’t know how to swim.
Dey was last seen leaving a friend’s house.
Peschong says he can only speculate why Dey thought she could cross the creek even though the water was up.
“Maybe the water doesn’t look like its moving so fast, because it’s not rippling over anything,” Peschong says. “Ultimately, you reach the edge of the walkway and then you go down into the little trough that the water normally goes in and she loses her footing.”
A search for Dey’s body has expanded well beyond Antelope Creek to cover Salt Creek which it flows into as well as the Platte River; especially since the recent heavy rains that sparked widespread flooding in Lincoln.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this report.