Body of Arizona teen found near river four days after being swept away by floodwaters

The body of a teenage girl has been found near an Arizona river using thermal technology drones four days after she was swept away by floodwaters.

Faith Moore, 16, was found near the Verde River around 4 p.m. Wednesday after being swept away by dangerous flooding on Saturday during a monsoon in rural Arizona, about 100 miles north of Phoenix.

Verde Valley and Cottonwood firefighters were called when Faith’s car ran aground in approximately two feet of water at 9 p.m. Saturday. KSAZ-TV reported.

Faith was dragged downriver as firefighters tried to save her from the flood, Verde Valley firefighters said.

Faith Moore (16) was found near the Verde . River around 4 p.m. on Wednesday

Rescue teams had previously found her car in a car wash after she was swept away by flooding

Rescue teams had previously found her car in a car wash after she was swept away by flooding

Over the past four days, more than 100 people had joined to search for the teen

Over the past four days, more than 100 people had joined to search for the teen

Officials immediately sent search teams who had been working around the clock since Saturday

Officials immediately sent search teams who had been working around the clock since Saturday

“The two feet of water was enough to initially push the car from where the original car came from,” said Verde Valley fire chief David Johnson.

“So when you think of water up to your knees, it can be deceptive, but there’s a lot of pressure and a lot of energy behind that.”

Officials immediately dispatched search teams that had been working around the clock since Saturday to rescue her. However, air support was not immediately available because “numerous active rescues were underway at the same time.”

According to KSAZ-TV, more than a hundred people – including aid workers and volunteers – have searched for Faith. Even the National Guard joined in the searches.

Search teams used K-9 units, GPS trackers and thermal drone technology in hopes of finding the teen alive.

Officials immediately sent search teams who had been working around the clock since Saturday

Officials immediately sent search teams who had been working around the clock since Saturday

The four thermal drones flew over an area of ​​more than five million square meters

The four thermal drones flew over an area of ​​more than five million square meters

The drones were piloted from the ground by the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office and the Embry Riddle Aeronautical School - as well as Yavapai College

The drones were piloted from the ground by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and the Embry Riddle Aeronautical School – as well as Yavapai College

The four thermal drones flew over an area of ​​more than five million square feet, controlled from the ground by the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office and the Embry Riddle Aeronautical School — as well as Yavapai College, the outlet reported.

“Because the drones use thermal technology, they fly at night when the ground temperature is cooler, which helps prevent the warm ground from interfering with potential areas of interest,” the statement reads.

Faith is the niece of an active Cottonwood firefighter – and the granddaughter of a recently retired Verde Valley Fire District Fire Chief and a retired Verde Valley Ambulance EMS Chief, Arizona family reported.

A mobile command center is depicted as rescue teams worked to find the teen

A mobile command center is depicted as rescue teams worked to find the teen

Community members seen after Faith was swept away by flooding

Community members seen after Faith was swept away by flooding

The photo shows rescuers searching through a muddy wash for the missing teen

The photo shows rescuers searching through a muddy wash for the missing teen

Faith's body was found around 4 p.m. Wednesday near the Verde . River

Faith’s body was found around 4 p.m. Wednesday near the Verde . River

At a news conference on Wednesday, officials read a statement from Faith’s family thanking the community for their help in finding their daughter.

“Chris and Katie would like to thank all of the family, friends, public safety and community who have been relentless in bringing Faith home,” officials said.

“The love, prayers and support are overwhelming and appreciated. Humble, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you. Faith is home now.’

Hundreds of people gathered for a Monday prayer vigil on the softball field of Mingus Union High School – where she was a member of the Rampage softball program.

Faith’s club softball coaches, Paige Church and Danya Weir, mourned her death and noted that she was a mentor to younger players in comments on KSAZ-TV.

“It’s anger, it’s sadness, it’s what we could have done, could we have done something else, the range of emotions is huge,” Church said.

Weir added: “These young girls, I believe, really looked up to her. She was so nice to everyone and our little ones just loved her.”

A GoFundMe was launched to support the search and rescue operations. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the fundraiser would continue to accept donations.

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