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Ky. Man, Daughter Assumed Dead in Hawaii

April 12, 2003

KIPAHULU, Hawaii (AP) _ A visitor and his 8-year-old daughter were missing and presumed dead after a flash flood swept them away and plunged them down a 184-foot-high waterfall.

Kevin Brown, 39, of Louisville, and his daughter, Elizabeth, were swept away Thursday by a 6-foot-high surge of water above Makahiku Falls, according to Haleakala National Park officials.

The girl had fallen while crossing Oheo Stream and her father was trying to help her up when the flood hit, park officials said.

Searches turned up no sign of the pair Friday, and high water, mud and debris made the job difficult. Haleakala spokeswoman Sharon Ringsven said no one has ever survived a fall over Makahiku Falls.

Brown, a chemistry teacher at Louisville’s Eastern High School, and his wife, Dr. Holly Brown, had been hiking off-trail with their daughter and 11-year-old son, authorities said.

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