More crews, dogs to join search for missing man

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on deadly flash flooding in a national forest in Arizona (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Additional crews from around Arizona are expected to join in the search for a 27-year-old man still missing after a flash flood in central Arizona.

Authorities say several more trained dogs also will be part of the search Tuesday for Hector Garnica, which still is being called a search and rescue rather than a body recovery.

Detective David Hornung of the Gila County Sheriff’s Office says he’s seen miracles happen before and searchers haven’t given up hope of finding Garnica alive.

But Hornung says monsoon rains forecast through Friday may make the search more difficult.

The search was suspended Monday afternoon because of thunderstorms moving into the Tonto National Forest area.

Garnica was the father of three children — ages 3, 5 and 7 — who died after being swept away by the rushing water.

Hornung says Garnica’s wife also died in the floodwaters. Family and friends identified Maria Raya-Garcia as Hector Garnica’s wife.

A torrent of water came Saturday as people were cooling off in a creek when a rainstorm upstream unleashed floodwaters.

In all, nine people who were part of Garnica’s extended family died after being swept away.


5:30 p.m.

A relative is remembering the husband-and-wife victims of the flash flooding that killed nine members of an extended family in Arizona as warm and generous with their money and time.

Seventeen-year-old Jessica Mandujano is the second cousin of Hector Garnica, who is missing after the weekend flooding. His wife, Maria Raya-Garcia, is among the dead.

Mandujano said Monday that the couple was always throwing parties and buying pizza for all the kids in the extended family.

She said Raya-Garcia was really kind, and someone you could talk to about any topic for hours and get advice.

Mandujano says it’s hard to accept that so many members of the family are dead, and that it feels like a lie.

She said the…

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