Officials find 6 missing Houston family members in submerged van

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

On the morning of August 27, shortly after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas, Devy posted about the storm on Facebook writing, "No sleep & anxiety, please let this pass sooner".

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. Ric Saldivar is the great-uncle of the four children.

Clinging to a tree branch with the bayou currents rushing around him, Sammy Saldivar watched helplessly as the van carrying his parents and four great-nieces and great-nephews bobbed in the water.

Gonzalez said the van was not visible at this time as it was at least four feet under water.

Authorities believe the two bodies they saw are the great-grandparents, 84-year-old Manuel and 81-year-old Belia Saldivar.

For several years, Ric Saldivar said, his parents had been losing their memories to dementia.

"What keeps going through my mind is the struggle, how they were trying to get out of the vehicle to save themselves", said Parades.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Jason Spencer had told the Houston Press on Monday that, after rescuing Saldivar, deputies returned to search for the van or bodies in the water, but could not find the van or the family. The storm, and the massive deluge of rains that it has brought, have inundated the city of Houston with floods the like of which officials say they haven't seen before.

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

Hiser-Jackson has been in touch with her family in Houston, she said, who told her that one of the elderly couple's sons was on his way to meet them and take them to his house when they were swept away. According to family members, the van quickly sank with everyone inside. I've spoken with the family that's standing by, to try to update them and comfort them as best I can.

"Just knowing their words of comfort was enough to get me through the day today", Ms. Salazar said.

"Our worst fears have been realised", he said.

"It's so unfair", she said, crying.

Danny and his wife weren't home; they had vacated the neighborhood hours earlier, Ric said.

"He was yelling at the kids to climb out of the back of the van; I'm sure they couldn't reach it", Ric told the outlet.

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