Ariz. 6-year-old Swept Away In Flood Presumed Dead

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MAYER, Ariz. (AP) – Authorities say a 6-year-old boy who was swept away in floodwaters in northern Arizona is presumed dead.

The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office says the boy’s parents tried to bring the sick child to a hospital during a powerful storm Thursday night. But floodwaters disabled the family’s pickup truck and pushed it off the road near the community of Mayer.

The mother made it to higher ground, while the father and the boy and his 8-year-old sister got into the truck’s bed.

The three were swept from the truck bed. The father managed to get to safety with his daughter, but the boy remains missing.

Searchers on Friday were trying to locate the child’s body.

Identities of the family members were not immediately released.

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