Bodies of 2 children found after floodwaters recede

Published: Sep. 2, 2020 at 7:27 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 3, 2020 at 12:46 PM EDT
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SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WITN) - Authorities have recovered the body of a 4-year-old boy who had been swept away in floodwaters in North Carolina.

The Raleigh News & Observer reported Thursday that the boy’s body was found about 30 yards from where the body of his 5-year-old sister was found on Wednesday.

The children were swept away late Monday after their mother’s car slid into fast-moving water in a creek near the Neuse River. The children’s mother, Vanessa Castro, survived.

The car left the road in Smithfield in Johnston County, which is southeast of Raleigh.

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Authorities say crews have found the body of one child swept away by floodwaters earlier this week in North Carolina but a search is still underway for a second missing child.

Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell told TV station WRAL Alexa Castro’s body was found around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in a creek near the Neuse River.

Crews were still searching by water, land and air for a 4-year-old boy who went missing at the same time in Smithfield.

The children’s mother called 911 late Monday to report that her car had been swept into a creek. Rescuers were able to get her to safety.

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