A body found in Maryland's Patapsco River has been identified as that of Eddison Alexander Hermond, a National Guardsman who went missing while helping a flood survivor, police said on Tuesday.
Hermond, 39, got swept up in destructive flash flooding on Sunday in Ellicott City, Maryland, while he was trying to assist a woman who had escaped through a window with her cat, Howard County police said.
Hermond was the sole person reported missing from the flooding in the historic mill town. He was last seen at about 5:20 p.m. ET on Sunday.
Alberto — the first named storm of the hurricane season — was blamed for the deaths of two journalists, anchor Mike McCormick and photojournalist Aaron Smeltzer of NBC affiliate WYFF of Greenville, South Carolina.
The journalists died when a tree fell on their SUV in Polk County, North Carolina, the station said.
"All of us at WYFF News 4 are grieving. We are a family and we thank you, our extended family, for your comfort as we mourn and as we seek to comfort the families of Mike and Aaron," it said.