River Rescue For Missing Binghamton Woman Resumes

By Leigh Dana

May 23, 2011 Updated May 30, 2011 at 11:50 AM EDT

Town of Fenton (WBNG Binghamton) Crews continue to search by boat and by air for the body of a Binghamton woman who's been missing since a deadly crash late last week.

An SUV plummeted in the Chenango River early Friday.

The Broome County Sheriff's office believes one passenger, Carrie Michalski, 36, was swept away with the current.

Monday marks rescue teams' third day of searching for Michalski. They did not search Sunday.

And with improving weather and water conditions, deputies hope her body will surface soon.

Wreaths and flowers lay next to broken glass at the crash scene along I-88 in Fenton.

Meanwhile by air and by boat, rescue teams search the Chenango River for the body of Carrie Michalski.

She was with 3 other people returning from a bar in Port Crane early Friday morning.

The 1996 Ford Explorer was owned by Michalski's husband.

Another woman was driving the SUV when it crashed into a guardrail and then plummeted into the river.

The driver was able to swim ashore.

The bodies of two other passengers were recovered from inside the vehicle.

High waters and a swift current made it difficult for crews to initially look for Michalsk, but have since calmed down.

"Outside conditions have a lot to do with how quickly a body will rise. Right now the water is relatively cold so it may take a little longer," said Undersheriff Alex Minor. "But normally within 3 or 4 days, if the body was submerged, it will surface."

Rescue crews plan to look for Michalski until she's found.

Divers may be available to aid the search later this week.

"There's going to come a point that if we're not successful, we'll just have to wait until the water drops further. But hopefully, we'll be successful," said Minor.

The SUV is in the hands of the Broome Sheriff's office while the investigation is underway

An accident reconstruction team is looking into how the crash occurred.

Wet roads, vehicle malfunction, speed and alcohol are possible factors.