Search For Girl In Rural Arizona Creek Now A Recovery Effort

Dec 5, 2019

Authorities say the search for a 6-year-old girl missing since being swept away in a rural Arizona creek during a rainstorm last week now is a recovery effort and no longer a rescue mission.

The search for 6-year-old Willa Rawlings continues at Tonto Creek east of Phoenix. Two other children died when flood waters inundated a military-style vehicle the family was using to try to cross the river outside of Phoenix during flooding last week. This is the vehicle being towed out of the water.

Gila County Sheriff's officials say they're trying to bring closure for the family of Willa Rawlings.

The girl has now been missing for more than six days. The search is scheduled to resume Thursday morning with crews planning to use a robotic boat in the murky water that's cluttered with debris and weeds.