Searchers find body of teen swept away by Salt River

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Crews searching for a 15-year-old who was swept away while swimming in the Salt River Sunday say they have found the teen's body. By Catherine Holland Crews searching for a 15-year-old who was swept away while swimming in the Salt River Sunday say they have found the teen's body. By Catherine Holland
Crews searching for a 15-year-old who was swept away while swimming in the Salt River Sunday say they have found the teen's body. By Catherine Holland Crews searching for a 15-year-old who was swept away while swimming in the Salt River Sunday say they have found the teen's body. By Catherine Holland
Crews searching for a 15-year-old who was swept away while swimming in the Salt River Sunday say they have found the teen's body. By Catherine Holland Crews searching for a 15-year-old who was swept away while swimming in the Salt River Sunday say they have found the teen's body. By Catherine Holland
Crews searching for a 15-year-old who was swept away while swimming in the Salt River Sunday say they have found the teen's body. By Catherine Holland Crews searching for a 15-year-old who was swept away while swimming in the Salt River Sunday say they have found the teen's body. By Catherine Holland
Crews searching for a 15-year-old who was swept away while swimming in the Salt River Sunday say they have found the teen's body. By Catherine Holland Crews searching for a 15-year-old who was swept away while swimming in the Salt River Sunday say they have found the teen's body. By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- Crews searching for a 15-year-old who was swept away while swimming in the Salt River Sunday say they have found the teen's body.

Searchers gathered in the area of 75th and Southern avenues as soon as the sun came Monday morning to continue their search for the girl.

The teen, now identified as Cynthia Segovia, was with an 11-year-old friend Sunday night. That 11-year-old is safe thanks to a family friend.

The girls' families reportedly were barbecuing nearby. Some motorcyclists let them know the girls were in trouble after hearing them screaming.

A man believed to be the 11-year-old's uncle ran down to the water and was able to help her to a sandbar, but he said he never saw Cynthia. Rescuers were able to get the man and girl safely to land.

The 11-year-old told rescuers that she and Cynthia, who just celebrated her quinceañera, a few days ago, had gotten separated, but firefighters said it's not clear exactly what happened.

Rescue crews and divers from the Phoenix Fire Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office were called out. A helicopter swept the area with a search light, but the darkness made the search operation difficult at best.

Crews were out until about 2 a.m., when they called of the search until daylight.

The MCSO helicopter was back in the air Monday morning; those on board spotted the teen's body while doing a low-level search. Crews were able to recover her body.

"It's just black water out there," said Stuart Sparkman, a family friend who helped search for Cynthia. "You've got to stay away from it. Kids, stay away from the water, especially when it's getting dark."

Cynthia was the eldest of three children.

A crisis team has been sent to the family's home.

The Salt River, which is usually dry most of the year, has been flowing since January.