April 14, 2024

WASHINGTON CROSSING, Pa. (AP) — The household of a 2-year-old woman swept away alongside together with her brother by a flash flood that engulfed their automobile on a Pennsylvania freeway expressed gratitude for the invention of a physique believed to be the kid.

The physique was discovered Friday afternoon within the Delaware River close to a Philadelphia sewage remedy plant, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the place Matilda Sheils was taken, authorities stated late Friday. The Philadelphia Medical Examiner’s Workplace plans to conduct an post-mortem as authorities proceed their seek for Matilda’s youthful brother, 9-month-old Conrad.

Their mom, Katie Seley, 32, additionally died within the flood, in line with authorities.

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“We’re grateful that our little Mattie has been introduced house with us. We proceed to hope for Conrad’s return,” the household stated in an announcement launched Saturday by Higher Makefield Township Police.

Relations additionally expressed “continued gratitude for the overwhelming outpouring of affection, help and concern from the neighborhood and from individuals throughout the nation as rescuers have labored tirelessly to search out Mattie and Conrad.”

“Thanks all, once more, in your compassion and your kindness. We’re honored,” the assertion learn.

The Charleston, South Carolina, household was visiting kinfolk and buddies within the space and headed to a barbecue on the night of July 15 when their automobile was struck by a “wall of water,” in line with Higher Makefield Fireplace Chief Tim Brewer.

The youngsters’s father, Jim Sheils, protected the couple’s 4-year-old son, whereas Seley and a grandmother grabbed the opposite youngsters, Brewer stated. Sheils and the son managed to get to security, however Seley and the grandmother had been dragged away. The grandmother survived.

The Bucks County Coroner’s Workplace recognized 4 different individuals who drowned within the space as Enzo Depiero, 78, and Linda Depiero, 74, of Newtown; Yuko Love, 64, of Newtown; and Susan Barnhart, 53, of Titusville, New Jersey.

The deaths and the seek for the youngsters have sparked an outpouring of help, notably on social media, within the suburb about 35 miles (60 kilometers) north of Philadelphia.