Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield

SOUTHWEST --

July 08, 1993

Collision with car leaves mystery of vanishing cow

Police are seeking a cow that mysteriously disappeared after it was struck by a car on Sams Creek Road near Marston Road during a severe storm Tuesday night.

The cow -- apparently injured, since state police found blood in the road -- could not be found when the driver returned to the scene after calling state police in Westminster.

Charles Leon Orwig Jr., 36, of Bennett Road, told authorities he was driving south on Sams Creek Road about 11:45 p.m. during the storm when he struck a cow standing in the road.

Mr. Orwig told police the accident caused about $3,000 damage to his vehicle but that he couldn't find the animal when he returned to the scene of the accident.

State police talked to a nearby farmer who has a small herd of 13 beef cattle, but all of those were in a field when the farmer and a trooper checked them at 2 a.m.

An examination of the animals in daylight showed that none of the herd had been injured, and the farmer's fence was not damaged, so it was unlikely that any of the animals got out and back in, farmer John Jenkins said.

FIRE LOG

* Mount Airy: Mount Airy responded to a field fire on Honeybush Road at 5:53 p.m. Tuesday. They were out for 10 minutes.

* Winfield: Winfield investigated an alarm of fire on Franklinville Road at 6:36 p.m. Tuesday. They were out for 10 minutes.

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