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US Body of Willa Rawlings, who was swept away in floodwaters, recovered at Roosevelt Lake, officials confirm

04:55  15 december  2019
04:55  15 december  2019 Source:   azcentral.com

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  Search for missing Arizona girl, 6, becomes recovery effort The on-going search for a 6-year-old girl missing after being swept away in a Tonto Creek, Ariz. rainstorm last week was changed to a recovery operation on Wednesday, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office said, an indication the child is not expected to be found alive, a published report said.In a late-afternoon briefing, agency spokesman Lt. Virgil Dodd said, “We would love to keep this hopeful, but because of the circumstances we are considering it a search and recovery'' in the search for Willa Rawlings, the Arizona Republic reported.

Willa Rawlings , 6, was missing after she was swept away in Tonto Creek when her family's truck got stuck. Courtesy of GoFundMe. The car that a man tried to escape before he drowned in Tonto Creek is visible at Tonto Creek Shores in Gisela on Dec. 7, 2019. Gila County Sheriff's Office.

Willa Rawlings died in a flood on Thanksgiving weekend. Body of 6-year-old Willa Rawlings recovered after Thanksgiving flood . The body of one of the three children who drowned in a flooded Arizona creek last month was Authorities unearthed the corpse of 6-year-old Willa Rawlings from the Roosevelt Lake area, about 80 miles outside of Phoenix — two weeks after she was swept

The Gila County Sheriff's Office confirmed Friday night a body found earlier in the day on the north side of Roosevelt Lake is that of 6-year-old Willa Rawlings, who was swept away in the swollen Tonto Creek two weeks ago along with two other children.

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  Search is now recovery effort for 6-year-old girl swept away in creek Willa Rawlings was swept away in Tonto Creek in Gila County, Arizona, on Friday."Every soul that's out here that's searching for this little girl is staying strong, and we're here for the family," Gila County Sheriff Patrol Lt. Virgil Dodd told reporters Wednesday. "We hope to bring her home soon to the family to give them peace and closure.

The body of Willa Rawlings was found in Roosevelt Lake about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Tonto Basin, where the girl initially went missing Gila County has applied repeatedly for federal funds to pay for a bridge where the family truck was swept away , but it hasn’t won a grant for the project

The body of a 6-year-old girl who has been missing since a car carrying nine members of her family was swept away in floodwaters on November 29 "My condolences and prayers go to the Rawlings Family, who have lost three young children and I am grateful we were able to find Willa today," said

Willa had been missing for two weeks after a vehicle she was in was swept away in floodwaters.

Two other children, Willa's brother, Colby Rawlings, and cousin Austin Rawlings, both 5, also were swept away but their bodies were later recovered.

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Willa's body was recovered from the area of Indian Point on the north side of Roosevelt Lake on the Tonto Creek Arm Friday just before 2:30 p.m., the Sheriff's Office said. Tonto Creek feeds into the Salt River, where the two form Roosevelt lake behind Roosevelt Dam.

The discovery came on the same day that a funeral service was held in Lakeside for Willa and Colby Rawlings.

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On Friday night, officials say the body is indeed that of Willa Rawlings . Family members have been notified. The discovery came weeks after Willa 's pants were found on December 3, a few miles from where she was swept away by floodwaters . Funerals for Willa and Colby were held earlier on Friday.

Authorities in rural Arizona on Friday recovered the body of a 6-year-old girl swept away two weeks ago when her family tried to cross surging creek waters . The body of Willa Rawlings was found in Roosevelt Lake about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Tonto Basin

The three children were among nine people who were in a military-style truck Nov. 29 that became stuck as it attempted to cross the Bar X Crossing in a swollen Tonto Creek after heavy rains moved through the area, the Gila County Sheriff's Office said.

Barricades were in place at the crossing at the time the truck crossed, the Sheriff's Office said.

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Willa and Colby's parents, Lacey and Daniel Rawlings, along with four other children were rescued from the area. Authorities began searching for three young children who remained inside the vehicle and were swept into the running creek, officials said.

The bodies of Colby and Austin were found the following day. Search efforts continued for Willa, being reclassified as a recovery effort instead of a rescue effort after several days by the Sheriff's Office.

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Willa Rawlings was the last of the bodies to be recovered of the deceased three children swept away in Arizona The final body missing from the car carrying nine people that was swept away in a flooded Arizona creek Authorities confirmed the body ’s identity was 6-year-old Willa Rawlings .

The body of Willa Rawlings was found in Roosevelt Lake about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Tonto Basin, where the girl initially went missing Gila County has applied repeatedly for federal funds to pay for a bridge where the family truck was swept away , but it hasn’t won a grant for the project

Austin Rawlings was the niece of Lacey and Daniel, and daughter of Daniel's brother, Jay Rawlings. A celebration of life was held for her in Peoria last Friday.

Authorities and hundreds of volunteers deployed aircraft, kayaks, ATVs, rescue dogs, dive teams and sonar equipment in their search for Willa. Searchers recovered a shoe and a pair of her pants during the search.

Continuous rainfall over the weekend stalled search efforts Monday until rushing water in the creek subsided.

Residents near Tonto Creek have been pushing for a bridge at the crossing for several years.

However, with a $20 million price tag, the bridge is out of reach for Gila County and was rejected multiple times by the federal government.

Residents say high waters after storms are common for the area, resulting in the deaths of at least five people in the past 25 years, according to a recent grant application seeking funds for the bridge.

In the midst of searches for Willa, Robert George Petitte, 69, died in Tonto Creek last Saturday after his vehicle was swept away as he crossed at Tonto Creek Shores in Gisela.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Body of Willa Rawlings, who was swept away in floodwaters, recovered at Roosevelt Lake, officials confirm

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