Girl's body found after being swept away by floods near Flagstaff

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on July 20, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 21 at 1:48 PM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Coconino County sheriff's deputies confirmed a 12-year-old girl who reportedly was washed away by floodwaters in the Timberline neighborhood near Highway 89 on Tuesday was found dead.

The 12-year-old girl's father reported that after the rain storm subsided, they saw large runoff at the wash and while checking it out the girl fell into the water.

The family searched the wash from Vulcan Mine to Highway 89.

Shaelyn Wilson was located about a third of a mile from the highway and was pronounced dead at Flagstaff Medical Center a short time later.

Floodwaters near Flagstaff forced dozens of residents to flee their homes Tuesday afternoon.

The area above Timberline was burned during the Shultz fire earlier this year. Authorities had predicted the summer rains could cause severe flooding of homes in the area.

According to sheriff's spokesman Gerry Blair, members of Search and Rescue and the Flagstaff Fire Department Rapid Water Rescue team were involved in the search for the missing girl.

 

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