National Guardsman missing after Ellicott City flooding

HOWARD COUNTY, Md. - One person was reported missing after Sunday's massive flash flooding in Ellicott City.

On Tuesday it was announced that a body was found, and it was later announced that it was 39-year-old Eddison Hermond. 

During a Monday morning press conference, officials announced that Hermond was missing. They say the man was at La Palapa holding the door for a woman who could not find her cat, and when he went behind the restaurant to look for it, he got swept away by the water and did not resurface.  

Hermond's family released a statement regarding his disappearance. 

"We would like to thank you for your concern and support in the search for Eddison. Your kindness is appreciated, but we ask that you extend some privacy as we attempt to figure out the next steps. We are still working with government agencies as we remain hopeful that he will be found safe.  Please continue to keep Eddison in your prayers."

RELATED: Flash flooding washes away homes and businesses in Ellicott City

Hermond joined the Air Force in 1996 and served on active duty for 10 years. In 2009, he joined the Maryland Army National Guard. 

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