Brother of missing man returns to help with search

EUTAW, Ala. (WIAT) — The search continued Thursday for the man who went missing after his car plunged into the Black Warrior River.

Investigators say 42-year-old Kevin Gray was in a car with his brother Sunday evening when it plowed through a guardrail and went into the water.

Gray’s brother, Brian Smith, was able to swim to shore.

Crews pulled the car out of the river Monday night, but the search has not turned up any signs of Gray.

Smith was released from the hospital Thursday and joined family and police to help search for his missing brother.

He told CBS42 about the last conversation he had with Kevin.

“When I was telling him I was going to die, he was trying to keep me calm and saying, ‘We’re going to make it,’ and ‘I’m going to have to swim.’ He was just encouraging me,” Smith said.

Smith says he and Gray were out driving and talking when the accident happened.

He says he lost track of Gray when they were swimming away from the car.

2014 WIAT-TV CBS42

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