Wimberley: 9 Bodies Identified, Children Will Charba & Leighton McComb Remain Missing

 

UPDATE 6/10 – 3:55 PM – Authorities have identified the body of a man found Saturday, June 6, in debris near the Blanco River as William Randall Charba, age 42. His body was found by a search team near Bluffview Drive in the Wimberley area.This brings to nine the number of bodies found in Hays County following the Memorial Weekend flood of the Blanco River. Two children remain on the missing list. Search teams continue to search along the Blanco River from Wimberley in Hays County to Martindale in Caldwell County.

Flood Victims Identified as of Tuesday, June 9, 2015 are:

• William Randall Charba, age 42, found near Bluffview Drive near Wimberley
• Dayton Larry Thomas, age 74, found in northern San Marcos May 24
• Michelle Marie Carey-Charba, age 43, found May 25 in Caldwell County
• Jose Alvaro Arteaga-Pichardo, age 29, found in the area of Loop 165 in Wimberley May 26
• Jonathan Andrew McComb, age 6, found May 27 near Water Park Road and RR 3237 in Wimberley
• Ralph Hugh Carey, White Male, age 73, found May 28 near Fox Road northwest of San Marcos
• Sue McNeil Carey, White Female, age 71, found May 30 at Lime Kiln and Water Tower Roads in San Marcos
• Laura Schultz McComb, White Female, age 34, found May 30 near the Blanco River near the 700 Block of Bluffview Road in Wimberley
• Kenneth Reissig, White Male, age 81, age 81, found May 28 near the Blanco River at Narrows Road, near the Blanco/Hays County line.

List of Missing:
• William Charba, White Male, age 6 (DOB: 01/29/09) last seen at 100 Deer Crossing, Wimberley
• Leighton McComb, White Female, age 4 (DOB: 07/23/10) last seen at 100 Deer Crossing, Wimberley

Will Charba, age 6, is still missing. His mother, Michelle, passed away.
4 yr old Leighton McComb sadly remains missing. Her brother, Andrew, pictured with her, along with their mom, died in the flooding.

Laura McCombs

Update 6/1: Authorities have identified two bodies found last week in the wreckage of the Memorial Day Weekend flood.

Sue McNeil Carey, 71, and Laura Schultz McComb, 34, were identified today using medical and dental records. Four people remain listed as missing.

In all, eight bodies have been recovered in Hays County, and all but one has been identified.

Carey’s body was found May 30 at 11:30 a.m. near Lime Kiln Road at Water Tower Road in San Marcos. McComb’s body was found a few hours later in flood debris near the Blanco River near the 700 block of Bluffview Road in Wimberley.


 

UPDATE 5/29 – 10:08 PM – I am heartbroken to post this update. My prayers are with his Daddy, Joanathan McCombs … I cannot imagine the grief. 

The City Of San Marcos Has Announced:

Jonathan Andrew McComb, 6, was identified by medical examiners on Friday. In all, six bodies have been found in Hays County, and seven are listed as missing.

Ralph Hugh Carey, age 73, was recovered from a brushy area near the Blanco River at Fox Road in San Marcos on Thursday. His last known location was Deer Lane in Wimberley. This brings the number of bodies identified to five. Six are still listed as missing and one body found has not yet been identified.

Flood Victims Identified as of Friday 5/29/2015

• Jonathan Andrew McComb, age 6, (DOB: 06/16/08) last seen at 100 Deer Crossing, Wimberley.
• Ralph Hugh Carey, age 73, (DOB 8/21/41) last seen at 100 Deer Crossing, Wimberley

• Dayton Larry Thomas, age 74, (DOB 11/01/40) was identified Wednesday. He was found in northern San Marcos Sunday afternoon.
• Jose Alvaro Arteaga-Pichardo, age 29, (DOB 01/17/86) He was found in the area of Loop 165 in Wimberley Tuesday afternoon.
• Michelle Marie Carey-Charba, age 43, (DOB 09/29/71) Carey-Charba was swept away in floodwaters early Sunday morning and was recovered Wednesday in Caldwell County.

List of Missing:
• Sue McNeil Carey, White Female, age 71, (DOB: 12/04 /43) last seen at 100 Deer Crossing, Wimberley
• William Randall Charba, White Male, age 42, (DOB: 04/22/73) last seen at 100 Deer Crossing, Wimberley
• William Charba, White Male, age 6 (DOB: 01/29/09) last seen at 100 Deer Crossing, Wimberley
• Laura Schultz McComb, White Female, age 34 (DOB: 11/08/80) last seen at 100 Deer Crossing, Wimberley
• Leighton McComb, White Female, age 4 (DOB: 07/23/10) last seen at 100 Deer Crossing, Wimberley
• Kenneth Reissig, White Male, age 81, (DOB: 03/14/34) last seen at FM 32 @ 473 in Blanco County

UPDATE 5/28 – 10:31 PM – Recovery crews have found the body of an adult male on the bank of the Blanco River in San Marcos, bringing the number of bodies found in Hays County up to five.

The body was found by Texas Task Force 1 in flood debris near Fox Road in San Marcos. Officials are sending the body to Central Texas Autopsy for identification. Eight people remain listed as missing from Hays County. Texas Task Force 1 continues its coordination of search efforts, with multiple agencies contributing staffing and resources.


UPDATE 5/27 – 9:16 – Authorities have identified the body of the man found in northern San Marcos Sunday afternoon and have recovered the body of a child from the Blanco River in rural Hays County.

Dayton Larry Thomas (DOB 11/01/40) was identified Wednesday by Central Texas Autopsy using medical records made available to them. With the identification of Thomas, the number of people from Hays County officially listed as missing has fallen to eight.

Recovery crews also found the body of a male child on the banks of the Blanco River near Water Park Road in rural Hays County. Local authorities are not able to identify the child or determine the age, and are sending the body to Central Texas Autopsy for identification. Hays County officials cannot yet determine whether the boy is someone on the county’s list of missing flood victims or is another victim who has thus far gone unreported.

Texas Task Force 1 continues its coordination of search efforts. Multiple agencies are contributing staffing and resources to the mission. Search efforts will continue in Hays County through the night.


UPDATE 5/27 – 8:05 PM – A spokesperson for the Carey/Charba/McComb/Schultz families released the following information this afternoon:

“The Carey-Charba family was notified today that Michelle Carey Charba was found and did not survive. As you can imagine, we are all devastated. Michelle’s family asks for your privacy as they grieve.

In the midst of this news, we are still actively searching for seven other loved ones who are still missing. Currently, 20 search crews comprised of more than 200 volunteers are canvassing specific areas where we are hopeful to make progress.

On behalf of the Carey, Charba, McComb and Schultz families, we want to extend our deepest gratitude for the outpouring of support we’ve received. This effort is not over. We’re 100% committed to finding Laura, Leighton, Andrew, Randy, Ralph, Sue and Will.”


UPDATE: 5/27 – 8:25 PM – Sadly, Michelle Charba’s body was found today and the news was released this afternoon. Click here to read more. Before that information was released, First Baptist Church of Corpus Christi has shared the following information and prayer requests:

Jonathan McCombs slept a little and ate a little last night. If he stays on track, he may be released as early as tomorrow. Please pray for Jonathan. He is hurting.

Joe & Mary have made it to the hospital. Please pray. They are just beginning to process as they just got in from Hawaii and are now present in the situation.

Laura, Andrew, Leighton, the Carey & Charba families are still missing. Search crews are canvasing the area on ground and air. Please pray as more storms are expected to come through and slow down or halt the process for a time period.

Also keep in prayer : Dan Smith, Ken Culbreth, Justin McComb, Bryan Hall, Darren McComb, Brian Hill & Mark Nicosia as they head to Wimberley. They have secured 2 more helicopters to continue the search.


UPDATE: 5/26 – 9:45 AM – “The blessing in all of this is that she is with her children,” said Laura McCombs’ sister, Julie Shields. “She is with her babies. And she will be with her babies always in Heaven. And we know that as a family.” 

Laura McCombs, her two children Andrew, 6, and Leighton, 3, as well as family friends Randy and Michelle Charba and their son Will, 4, and Michelle Charba’s parents Ralph and Sue Carey, all from Corpus Christi — are among 12 people still missing in Central Texas.

Miraculously, the McCombs’ family dog, Maggie who was also in the house when it was swept off it’s foundation, was recently found alive, stranded in a tree. It is our hope and fervent prayer that Laura, Leighton, Randy, Michelle, Will, Ralph, and Sue will somehow also be found alive.

The Washington Post reports: “It was going to be a family, fun-filled weekend,” Joe McComb said in a phone interview Monday. “But then the rain started in the afternoon, and it got dark, and the river did what it did all in a matter of 20 or 30 minutes.”

Joe McComb and his wife, who flew back from a wedding anniversary trip in Hawaii to see their son in the hospital, said that Jonathan’s memory of what happened is hazy. As night fell, the Blanco River surged over its banks, rising past the stilts that were supposed to elevate the cabin beyond the reach of floodwaters. Authorities say the waters rose 26 feet in one hour, overwhelming the surrounding community.

Inside their Wimberley cabin, Jonathan McComb and his family were trapped.

“Then they heard something terrific hit the poles that were holding the house. Either one or two must have broken, but it was dark and nobody could really see what was going on,” Joe McComb said. “Whatever it was hit the side of the house, it broke the poles and then the water just lifted the house and started floating downriver.”

Laura McCombs frantically told her sister, Julie Shields, over the phone, “We are floating in a house that is now floating down the river. Call mom and dad. I love you, and pray. ”

The fierce current carried the building for a few miles, then sent it crashing into a bridge. The house was torn apart and its occupants cast into the water.

The cement stilts of the home belonging to the Carey family of Corpus Christi, Tex., are all that remain the home was swept away by the Blanco River early Sunday morning during a flash flood in Wimberley, Tex. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

“Everybody got separated from everybody,” Joe McComb said.

Buffeted by waves and bombarded by debris, Jonathan McComb lost sight of his family and was on the verge of losing consciousness. But he kept telling himself “I gotta get out,” according to his father, and was eventually carried to shore. He clambered out of the water near San Marcos, about 12 miles downstream from where he had been staying.

“He’s real beat up, but he’ll recover. It’s a miracle,” Joe McComb, a former Nueces County commissioner, said. “Now we’re just hoping that another miracle will happen and all or some of them will be found.”

The McCombs’ dog Maggie, who was brought along on the trip, was discovered caught in a tree Monday, alive and mostly unhurt. Joe McComb interprets this as a sign that the rest of his family will be found.

“Our faith in God is that the others will be able to pull through this too,” he said.


UPDATE: 5/25 – 9:08AM – Over 350 homes have been destroyed and at least one person has died. Here are photos of some of the missing. These are the three Texas families who were swept away while staying together in a home as the Blanco River rushed over its banks, rising an incredible 26 feet in just one hour and leaving piles of wreckage 20 feet high.

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(Top Left) the McCombs family. Husband has been found alive, wife and children still missing. (Top Right) Dr. R.H. Carey, DDS and his wife Sue from Corpus Christi, both still reported missing. (Bottom Left) Michelle Carey Chandra and son Will, still missing (Bottom Right) Michelle and her husband Randy Chandra still missing.

DISPLACED PEOPLE: If you are displaced and NOT at a shelter and you think your loved ones may be looking for you please call and report your location to the City of San Marcos hotline at 512-393-7896. They are trying to help locate the missing and reunite families. If you are looking for someone you can call 512-753-2180. The Red Cross is keeping a list of all people at our shelter locations.


UPDATE: 5/24 – 11:06 PM – via KXAN – Eight people have been confirmed missing in Wimberley following flooding Saturday night, with three being former Nueces County Commisioner Joe McComb’s daughter-in-law and grandchildren, Joe confirmed to KXAN. Joe’s son Jonathan McComb was pulled from the flood waters and taken to a San Antonio hospital for treatment. He is expected to be ok.

The confirmed missing from the families include:

  • Laura McComb and her two children (Leighton and Andrew)
  • Ralph and Sue Carey
  • Randy and Michelle Charba (daughter of Ralph and Sue) and their 4-year-old son Will

Many Texans and even entire families are missing after torrential rains have caused waterways and dams to overflow. Pictured below is the McCombs Family.
Jonathan and his wife Laura, and their children, Andrew (6) and Leighton (4), were staying at a house on the river in Wimberley when their whole family was swept away in the river flood.

The father, Jonathan, was found 12 miles down river early this morning and is in ICU. Laura and the kids are still missing. Please pray that Laura, Andrew & Leighton are found safe. 

Please also pray fervently for the successful search, rescue, relief, and care of ALL those affected. Post photos and names on our website or Facebook if you’d like to share additional prayer requests. We will feature as many as we can.

h/t Texas Hill Country Magazine

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