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Missing woman’s body found inside car in Deer Creek

Fort Worth firefighters find body and car of woman swept away by floods

Zenola Jenkins was found inside her vehicle in Deer Creek in far south Fort Worth. (Ryan Osborne/Star-Telegram)
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Zenola Jenkins was found inside her vehicle in Deer Creek in far south Fort Worth. (Ryan Osborne/Star-Telegram)

Fire officials said Monday morning they found the body of a Tarrant County woman who was swept away by floodwaters Friday.

The body of Zenola Jenkins, 76, was found inside her vehicle in Deer Creek in far south Fort Worth.

She had been swept off a bridge on Oak Grove Road and downstream about a mile by floodwaters that reached as high as 5 feet over the bridge, officials said.

As water levels dropped below the bridge Monday morning, two firefighters set out along the banks of the creek, scanning for Jenkins’ car, Fire Department spokesman Kyle Clay said. They spotted it underwater around 10:30 a.m., and a dive crew was called in.

Clay said fire officials originally estimated Jenkins’ car would be about 100 yards from where it was swept off the bridge. The strength of the current surprised them.

“It’s a testament to how forceful that water is and how much strength is behind it,” Clay said. “High water is incredibly dangerous, and it’s got so much force behind it.”

Clay said Jenkins lived nearby.

“She lives in the area, and I think she was just trying to get home when this happened,” Clay said. “This is her neighborhood.”

A deputy with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department was stranded in the rushing water for about two hours after her effort to rescue Jenkins. Deputy Krystal Salazar was bruised and battered but otherwise OK, spokesman Terry Grisham said Friday.

Ryan Osborne: 817-390-7684, @RyanOsborneFWST

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