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Bodies found in van that was swept away with family of six

Bodies found in van that was swept away with family of six

Bodies found in van that was swept away with family of six

"We have a total six confirmed dead", Gonzalez said in a news conference Wednesday.

Authorities say the van was swept away Sunday by Hurricane Harvey's floodwaters.

Saldivar said the victims were his elderly parents and his four great-nieces and nephews, who were between the ages of 6 and 16, KHOU-TV reported, citing Harris County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jason Spencer.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez told NBC News that at least two adult bodies were seen in front of the van, while the view to the children in the back was obscured.

After the vehicle was swept away, Sammy managed to get out of his seat belt and climb through the driver's side window.

"The van was just bopping in the water - that's how deep the water was - and he could hear the kids screaming and crying trying to get out of the van", Saldivar continued.

"He's still blaming himself", Ric Saldivar said.

After floods stranded them in their respective homes, a chain of phone calls between the brothers and their wives informed Saldivar that, suddenly, his family may be much smaller. He said it appeared the van was a work truck and the back section was separated by a steel screen partition.

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"We were able to retrieve the van, pull it out of the water", he said.

"Every time we hang up he says, 'I'm so sorry, ' like it's his fault", Ricardo Saldivar said.

Manuel Saldivar, 84, Belia, 81, Devy Saldivar, 16, Dominic Saldivar, 14, Xavier Saldivar, 8, and Daisy Saldivar, 6, were driving across a bridge in Greens Bayou, Texas when the van got swept up in the current after crossing a bridge.

"My brother has my van with my mom and dad some where", he wrote.

Family and friends of the Saldivar family have stepped up to help them offset funeral costs.

"Unfortunately it seems that our worst thoughts have been realized", Gonzalez told reporters.

Ms. Salazar, who works at Legal Aid of Western Ohio and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, said her co-workers provided strong support. "He was trying to do the right thing to get them out of the flood. and it just happened". Sammy's father yelled at him to try the pedal, Ric said. The children were good kids, Ms. Salazar and Mr. Gonzales said.

Relatives including Samuel Saldivar were with police at the scene as they searched for answers about their loved ones' fate.

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