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2 children found dead, 1 still missing after floodwaters

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Search for missing child resumes Sunday morning

GILA COUNTY, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY, KSWT) -

Updated (12/1/19) - Authorities continue to search for a missing child that was swept away by floodwaters on Friday in the Tonto Basin.

The bodies of two children were found Saturday: a five-year-old boy, and a five-year-old girl.

Gila County Sheriff's office (GCSO) has identified the missing child as a 6-year-old girl.

The tragedy began Friday evening, when a military-style large vehicle was swept away by flooding in the Tonto Basin area.

The vehicle was reportedly trying to cross a creek that was marked closed.

According to GCSO, the man and woman rescued were parents to four of the seven children that were inside the vehicle.

The five-year-old boy found dead was one of their children, and the other five-year-old girl has been identified as their niece.

ABC 15 reports GCSO crews and helicopters resumed their search for the missing child at 7 a.m. Sunday, with additional resources to be expected.

Original Article (11/30/19) - In an update to yesterday's report of three missing children swept away by floodwaters, two children have been found dead.

At around 4 p.m. on Friday, a large vehicle was swept away after trying to cross a flowing body of water that was closed in the Tonto Basin area.

According to Gila County Sheriffs, (GCSO) two adults and four children managed to escape the vehicle, but three remained inside.

AZ Family reports a flooded creek carried the vehicle downstream, where a man and four children were stranded on a small stretch of land above water.

A woman made it to the opposite side of the creek, and they were all subsequently rescued.

So far, a 5-year-old boy has been found dead, and a 5-year-old girl was later found.

GCSO and other authorities continue to search for the remaining child.

Stick with KYMA for further updates.

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