Six Missing Family Members Found in Van Along Banks of Greens Bayou

Family of 6 drowns inside van while trying to escape Harvey floods

"No sleep & anxiety, please let this pass sooner", Devy Saldivar, 16, wrote on Facebook around 5:30 a.m. Sunday.

The unthinkable happened Sunday when family members say Sammy Saldivar attempted to drive his kids and grandparents to safety as floodwaters raged around their Harris County home.

Sammy Saldivar, the son of Manuel and Belia Saldivar, was driving the vehicle when it plunged into the bayou, his brother Ric told CNN.

Houston's KHOU-TV said an infant girl was swept away after her parents got out of their pickup truck near New Waverly, Texas, and tried to carry her across rushing water.

"He just seen the van go under the water".

Texas officials have yet to confirm the deaths, saying they haven't located the submerged van.

By the time deputies got to Sammy, there was no sign of the rest of the Saldivars and little chance they had survived.




Virginia Saldivar said she lives in the same neighborhood as her relatives, but she and her husband left during a calm spell Saturday to watch the Mayweather-McGregor boxing match.

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

Ric Saldivar said the Harris County Sheriff's Office told him his brother was stuck in the water for 45 minutes when they found him.

This caused the van to be swept up in the current, and the driver then crawled out and told the children inside to try and get out through the back door. "So we're trying to help with the funeral arrangements because my brother and his wife, they weren't prepared for this".

Manuel Saldivar, 84, and his wife Belia, 81, were in the auto with their great-grandchildren - Devy Saldivar, 16, Dominic Saldivar, 15, Xavier Saldivar, 8, and Daisy Saldivar, 6 - when the rushing waters pushed the van off the road, family members told NBC News.

"We're trying to call our different family members".

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Gonzales said that if rescuers have leads on missing persons or come across a body in the rising floodwaters - to report it immediately to authorities. I believe that they will rebuild. "Unfortunately it seems like our worst thoughts are being realized". "They are asking for privacy", he said. The children were good kids, Ms. Salazar and Mr. Gonzales said. She was too distraught to speak to anyone, relatives said.

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