Search continues for missing child after RV submerged in Arizona creek during flood

by Editorial Team

Local officials in Arizona are still searching for a missing 6-year-old girl after her family RV was swept into a flooded creek Friday.

Nine people were in the RV when the Gila County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 4 p.m. Friday that the vehicle had gotten stuck in Tonto Creek, about 55 miles northeast of Phoenix. Officials from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and the Arizona Department of Public Safety were able to rescue one adult and four children, who had all been stranded on an island, in helicopters.

Another adult had managed to swim to the shore and was rescued there.

A 5-year-old boy was found dead Saturday around 8:45 a.m. and a 5-year-old girl in the same area about two and a half hours later, according to the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.

Police have not identified any of the people in the RV, but Fox 10 said that they were all family members in town for Thanksgiving.

The search was suspended Saturday night after the sun set, but resumed Sunday morning.

“It’s a very large area. There’s a lot of vegetation that the creek goes through on the way to the river,” Gila County Sheriff’s Deputy Phil Smith told KPNX. “It’s very cold. We’ve got very cold temperatures in the air as well as the water temperatures, which are from snow pack and snow melt right now.”

The RV, described as a “military-type” vehicle, was pulled out of the water Saturday.

Officials began closing roads on Thanksgiving as heavy rain and snow fell in the area, causing “raging killer currents,” according to the National Weather Service.


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