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Latest: Missing Man in AZ Flooding was the Dad of 3 Victims

Latest: Missing Man in AZ Flooding was the Dad of 3 Victims

July 17, 2017 04:40 PM

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) - An Arizona man who went missing during a flash flood in central Arizona was the father of three children who died after being swept away by the rushing water.

Detective David Hornung of the Gila County Sheriff's Office says Monday that Hector Garnica's wife also died in the floodwaters at the Tonto National Forest.

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In all, nine people who were part of Garnica's extended family died after being swept away.

Hornung confirmed that 7-year-old Danial, 5-year-old Mia and 3-year-old Emily Garnica died in the flood.

Family and friends identified Maria Raya-Garcia as Hector Garnica's wife. Crews were searching the area for Garnica, the only person who remains missing.

A torrent of water came Saturday as people were cooling off in a creek when a rainstorm upstream unleashed floodwaters.


KAAL-TV

(Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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