Over the weekend, a flash flood at an Arizona swimming hole took the lives of nine family members and left one missing.
A birthday celebration on Saturday quickly turned into a horrific nightmare when deadly waters ripped through a canyon in Tonto National Forest. The flood was described as a “six-foot-tall, 40-foot-wide black wave” bolting through the canyon at 45 mph.
The unexpected flood killed Maria Raya, who would have turned 26 the next day, along with her three children – Emily Garnica, 3, Mia Garnica, 5, and Danial Garnica, 7. Raya’s 27-year-old husband, Hector Miguel Garnica, remains missing.
In addition, the flash-flood killed 24-year-old Maribel Raya-Garcia, 19-year-old Javier Raya-Garcia, and 2-year-old Erica Raya-Garcia. Also killed were Selia Garcia Castaneda, 57, and 13-year-old Jonathan Leo.
Four other kids in the group of 14 were treated for hypothermia at a hospital.
Search and rescue teams from across the state will join the hunt for Garnica on Tuesday in mountains roughly 100 miles outside of Phoenix, the AP reported.
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