TONTO BASIN, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- The search continues for Willa Rawlings, the 6-year-old girl still missing after the vehicle she was riding in was swept away by floodwaters in the Tonto Basin area Friday. On Sunday, searchers recovered clothing and shoes they believe belong to her. Tracking dogs found them about 200 yards from where the truck was swept away. 

[VIDEO: How upcoming storms could impact search for Willa Rawlings

Willa Rawlings

The search continues for Willa Rawlings, the 6-year-old girl still missing after the vehicle she was riding in was swept away by floodwaters in the Tonto Basin area Friday.

[WATCH: Authorities make discovery while looking for child swept away by Tonto Basin-area floodwaters]

The bodies of the other missing children -- a boy and a girl, both 5 -- were located on Saturday. They were found about 3 miles from the accident scene. Colby Rawlings is Willa's younger brother. The other victim, Austin Rawlings, is their cousin. 

Bodies recovered from river crossing

Willa Rawling's younger brother, Colby Rawlings (left), and cousin, Austin Rawlings (right), who were also in the vehicle that was swept away, did not survive.  

The tragic chain of events unfolded as a group of nine people -- two adults and seven children -- were traveling to visit family on the day after Thanksgiving. They attempted to cross Tonto Creek at the Bar X Crossing around 4 p.m., according to the Gila County Sheriff's Office (GCSO). Hours earlier, the sheriff's office had closed multiple crossings due to flooding. The Bar X Crossing was one of them.  

[WATCH: Raw drone video of truck being hauled out of Tonto Creek]

Military-style vehicle swept away in Tonto Creek

Military-style vehicle swept away in Tonto Creek

The fast current of the flooded creek swept their military-style vehicle downstream. Six people -- a man, woman and four children -- made it safely to dry land and were rescued. Three children were missing. 

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GCSO said signs had been posted along the crossings to warn drivers about the dangers of flooding. In addition, GCSO posted a warning about the closed crossings on Facebook Friday morning. "Please do not try to cross these crossings."

[WATCH: Witnesses said family had crossed Tonto Creek before]

"I like the public to know when they see these signs, it can be a dangerous situation when they try to cross these areas," Lt. Vigil Dodd of GCSO said in a news conference on Saturday.

"The Tonto Creek is very brushy. It only flows when we have runoffs," Gila County Deputy Phil Smith said. "There's a lot of trees, a lot of brush that makes it almost impossible in some areas to traverse. The water is very cold. It's slippery, muddy. ... With the darkness, it's pretty dangerous." 

[PHOTOS: Crews, volunteers search for child swept away from floodwaters near Tonto basin]

GCSO said that several law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Public Safety and the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, along with numerous volunteers are helping their department with the search.

 "Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd would like to thank the multiple agencies for assisting in this ongoing operation and remind everyone of the dangers that can occur during flooding. We are concerned for the safety of those involved and the first responders," GCSO said in a statement.

Tonto Basin, which is north of Roosevelt Lake, is about a 90-minute drive from Phoenix.

Stay with Arizona's Family for more on this developing story. 

 


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