2nd child found dead along creek; 1 missing

Cheryl Sanders
December 3, 2019

Two of three missing children were found dead Saturday in the USA state of Arizona after floodwater swept away a vehicle they were in, and a search is ongoing, us media reported.

The search resumed Sunday after a 5-year-old boy and a 5-five-year-old girl were found dead near Tonto Basin, about 50 miles (81 kilometers) northeast of Phoenix.

Rescue group in helicopters successfully reached four pretty a whole lot of kids and an grownup who had been stranded on an island within the creek and a 2d grownup who became once on the shore. Two of them were found dead later in the morning, and a search operation remains underway for the third missing child, according to the sheriff's office.

"GCSO [Gila County Sheriff's Office] says they located the body of a second child, a 5-year-old girl". "We think everybody was in the cab at the time".

The adults and four children managed to escape the vehicle and were rescued after helicopters arrived.

The Rawlings family members are from various areas of Arizona and were in the area visiting relatives for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to Lt. Virgil Dodd of the Gila County Sheriff's Office. "The Rawlings family are a fixture", said David Merrill, one of the volunteers, told The Republic.

Merrill came with a group from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Pinetop, about 130 miles (210 kilometres) east of the search area.

"Searchers found the truck about 1,000 yards (around 914 meters) downstream from the crossing Friday night", Dodd said.

Adverse conditions included heavy brush and slippery mud along the creek and frigid water from snowmelt, but officials said they remained hopeful. First responders plan to continue searching until they find the last child, who is also said to be a child of the parents from the vehicle.

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