Van in Which Family of 6 Presumed Drowned Found Submerged

Great-grandparents, 4 great-grandchildren presumed dead in Harvey incident
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 30, 2017 2:59 PM CDT
Van in Which Family of 6 Presumed Drowned Found Submerged
This undated photo provided by Virginia Saldivar shows her mother- and father-in-law, Belia and Manuel Saldivar, presumed dead after their van sank into Greens Bayou on Houston's eastside.   (Virginia Saldivar via AP)

(Newser) – "Unfortunately, it seems that our worst thoughts are being realized," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Wednesday after authorities found the submerged van in which six members of a Houston family, including four children, were believed to have died when their vehicle was swept off a bridge and into a storm-ravaged bayou. The bodies of at least two adults were spotted inside in the murky water, the AP reports. The number of confirmed deaths in the storm is now at least 22.

Gonzalez says the van is in about 10 feet of muddy water in Green's Bayou in northeast Houston. Authorities are trying to decide whether dive team members will retrieve the bodies or if it would be safer to pull the van from the treacherous water first. 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, Saldivar's parents and their four great-grandchildren, per CNN, were trapped. (Read more Hurricane Harvey stories.)

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