TONTO BASIN — Authorities in Gila County recovered a body Friday that they believe is a 6-year-old girl swept away two weeks ago when her family tried to cross surging creek waters.
The body was found shortly before 2:30 p.m. in Roosevelt Lake about 20 miles south of Tonto Basin, where Willa Rawlings initially went missing, according to a news release from Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd.
The announcement from Gila County sheriff’s officials came on the same day as family members held funeral services for Willa Rawlings and her brother Colby, 5.
The identity of the body has yet to officially be confirmed, but the girl’s family has been notified, authorities said.
The child was one of nine family members in a military-style truck that became stuck Nov. 29 while trying to cross Tonto Creek. The bodies of her brother and cousin Austin, 5, were found dead the next day. Her parents, Daniel and Lacey Rawlings, and four other children were rescued.
Searchers and volunteers have spent the last two weeks combing the area by ground and by air for any sign of the girl. Crews used drones, boats and sonar equipment in their search.