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Body of Melissa Lehew, Good Samaritan swept away by flood waters, found and ID'd

Posted at 3:55 PM, Sep 03, 2018

The body of the woman who was swept away by flood waters Friday has been found. Melissa Anne Lehew's boyfriend Kyle Bowman said he was out searching the quarry for her in his kayak Monday afternoon when he made the tragic discovery. 

“I’m just glad we got a little bit of closure and that we found her. I’m just glad that the efforts of all the people who came out to search for her paid off and we were able to bring her home," said Bowman.

Lehew and Bowman stopped on along Broad Run Bridge in Churchville to help a man trapped by flood waters Friday. Lehew and the driver were both swept away by the water and could not be found Friday.

The body of the stranded driver, 67-year-old Daniel Samis, was recovered Saturday.

Maryland State Police had been searching the area since the incident occurred Friday. Searches were suspended Sunday after two Baltimore Police divers assisting in the search had to be transported to Shock Trauma after an emergency caused them to ascend too rapidly.

Lehew, a Darlington resident, was a mother of four children.

“She loved all four of her kids and would do anything for them," Bowman said.  "My heart really breaks for Brian. She had him on the weekends and we did a lot for him. All her children Zach too.”

Bowman said she also went by Elizabeth.