WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pennsylvania. — (TodayNews) — The body of a young girl believed to be a two-year-old girl was found in the Delaware River Friday, who was one of two children swept away from their family’s car by a flash flood, authorities said.
The body was found in the early evening near a sewage treatment plant in Philadelphia, about 30 miles (50 km) from where Matilda Shales was taken away on Saturday, authorities said at an overnight press conference.
According to the external description, the authorities believe that this is the body of Matilda. On Saturday, the Philadelphia coroner will perform an autopsy.
The search continues for Matilda’s 9-month-old brother, Conrad.
According to Upper Makefield Fire Chief Tim Brewer, the Charleston, South Carolina family were visiting relatives and friends when they were hit by a “water wall.”
Their mother, Katie Seli, 32, also died in the flood, authorities said.
According to Brewer, the children’s father, Jim Shales, grabbed the couple’s 4-year-old son, while Celie and the grandmother grabbed the other children. Shales and their young son made it to safety, but Celie and Grandma were blown away. Grandma survived.
Four other people drowned in the area, Enzo DePiero, 78, and Linda DePiero, 74, of Newtown, according to the Bucks County coroner’s office; Yuko Love, 64, from Newtown; and Susan Barnhart, 53, from Titusville, New Jersey.
The deaths and the search for the children have sparked a wave of support, especially on social media, in a suburb about 35 miles (60 km) north of Philadelphia.
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