The search has been suspended until Monday for a woman whose van appeared stranded in flood conditions — and whose van was captured in a NewsTribune aerial photo taken Friday afternoon.
Sgt. Robert “Hank” Frazier confirmed authorities are conducting a search near Shippingsport Bridge (Route 351) at La Salle in hopes of locating a woman reported missing. The search also included the Illinois River.
The woman’s identity has not been disclosed by authorities but the woman’s daughter identified her as Nancy Greening of Peru. The search was prompted by an aerial photo taken around 3:45 p.m. Friday by NT staff photographer Genna Ord. The photo was subsequently posted on the NewsTribune website and depicted a white van.
Ord said she and a pilot could make out, from an estimated altitude of 700 feet or more, a human figure standing next to a van in water near Shippingsport Bridge on Friday afternoon.
Immediately upon seeing the white van from overheard, pilot Bill Migliorini radioed Illinois Valley Regional Airport in Peru, and instructed Linda Kozel to contact the authorities. Kozel said this morning she dialed La Salle police at once.
La Salle police chief Rob Uranich today confirmed the call came in to La Salle police; officers from his and neighboring agencies did, based on the non-specific location conveyed, immediately attempt to locate the van.
Uranich further noted the van was not visible from any roadside vantage point accessible to his or other responding officers.