Arizona girl Willa Rawlings' body found 2 weeks after storm surge swept her away
The body of 6-year-old Willa Rawlings -- who, along with two other children, was swept away two weeks ago when her family allegedly drove around a barricade to cross surging creek waters -- was discovered Friday in a large lake reservoir in rural Arizona.
Her body was found in the area of Indian Point on the north side of Roosevelt Lake on the Tonto Creek Arm just before 2:30 p.m., the Gila County Sheriff's Office said. Officials confirmed Friday night the child’s body had been identified as that of Willa Rawlings and her family had been notified, FOX 10 Phoenix reported.
“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. As this concludes this operation this event will have a lasting effect on all of us,” Sheriff of Gila County J. Adam Shepherd said in a statement.
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The girl was one of nine family members, together for the Thanksgiving holiday, in a military-style truck that became stuck Nov. 29 while trying to cross Tonto Creek, about 20 miles north from where her body was found. Her parents, Daniel and Lacey Rawlings, and four other children were rescued by helicopter from a small island in the middle of the creek after getting caught up in a cascade of water caused by an intense runoff from a powerful storm, according to FOX 10.
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