HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says the bodies of six members of a Houston family have been recovered from a van that was swept off a Houston bridge and into a storm-ravaged bayou.
Gonzales says relatives returned to the scene Wednesday to look for signs of the van and notified authorities after spotting part of it poking above the water and seeing two bodies in the front seat.
The van was recovered from about 10 feet of muddy water in Green’s Bayou in northeast Houston.
Gonzalez says bodies of two adults were recovered from the front seat and the four children were found in the back. He said it appeared the van was a work truck and the back section was separated by a steel screen partition.
Samuel Saldivar told deputies he was in his brother’s van rescuing his parents and relatives from their flooded home Sunday when the van was tossed by a strong current into the bayou as it crossed a bridge.
He escaped through a window but the others were trapped. The victims included his parents and their four great-grandchildren ranging in age from 6 to 16.
One of the victims, Devy Saldivar, 16, wrote on her Facebook page about the storm shortly before she died.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the rest of the Saldivar family.
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