COLERAIN TWP., Ohio -- Less than a day after reporting 23-year-old Makenzie Flowers’ Sunday night disappearance, Flowers’ mother and sister discovered the young woman’s car lying upside-down in a creek.
The mother’s anguished cries of “Oh my god” run under the subsequent 911 call like static; the sister repeatedly had to interrupt her conversation with a police dispatcher to prevent her from personally investigating the fatal crash.
"Mom, you can't go down there," the sister said.
"No. Don't let your mom go down there," the dispatcher said.
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According to a news release from the Colerain Police Department, Flowers had been driving on Blue Rock Road Sunday night when she veered off the roadway and struck a tree. The impact sent her car tumbling over a retaining wall and into the creek.
Her mother and sister discovered the scene after spotting an abandoned tire in the ravine.
At one point, the sister told the dispatcher that her mother had come back to the car, only to head back toward the creek.
"Mom, get back! Get back! There's nothing you can do!” she said.
Police arrived at the scene around noon and lifted the car from the creek, according to the news release. They discovered Flowers’ body inside. Although she was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, police said speed was likely a factor in her losing control of the vehicle.