Bodies of 6 missing family members found in submerged van, sheriff says

DALLAS – Harris County sheriff’s deputies said a van that was carrying six people when it plunged into Greens Bayou was recovered Wednesday as floodwaters receded, and the bodies of all six were found inside.

A dive team was called in Wednesday morning to begin searching for the missing family members after the van was spotted.

Two great-grandparents, ages 81 and 84, a 16-year-old girl, a 14-year-old boy, an 8-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl were found inside the van.

The couple's son, who was driving, was able to escape through a partially open window.

The children's bodies were found in the back of the van, and the bodies of the adults were in the front seats.

Earlier story

The family was trying to escape Harvey when violent floodwaters engulfed the vehicle. The six people inside are presumed dead, including four siblings aged 6 to 16, a relative said.

Virginia Saldivar told The Associated Press on Monday that when her in-laws' northeast Houston home began to flood early Sunday, her brother-in-law Samuel Saldivar borrowed her husband's van and drove to pick up the relatives. She said at some point on their way to safety, a strong current lifted the van and pitched it forward into Greens Bayou.