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COVER: The body of four-year-old Leighton McComb (above), shown here in a family photo, is still missing along with that of six-year-old William Charba (below). SUBMITTED PHOTOS


Search and recovery teams will begin a new phase this weekend in the search for two children missing since the Memorial Weekend floods now that lower water levels have exposed areas near the Blanco River that were previously inaccessible.

William Charba mug

William Charba

Several private organizations are sending teams to assist with the new phase, including Texas Search and Rescue, Alamo Area Search and Rescue, and Travis County Search and Rescue. The teams will be in Caldwell County on Friday, Aug.14 and Saturday Aug. 15. They will move their search efforts to Hays County on Aug. 21 and 22.

Search and rescue teams have been working continuously since Memorial Weekend to find six-year-old William Charba and four-year-old Leighton McComb. The children were last seen at 100 Deer Crossing in Wimberley when the home they were in was swept away in floodwater.

Every week since the flood, teams from across the state, including teams from the children’s hometown of Corpus Christi, have been combing areas in Hays and Caldwell Counties in search of the missing children.

Crews have recovered and identified nine bodies of flood victims since the May 24 flood, including friends and relatives of the missing children. No recoveries have been made since early June.

Flood victims whose bodies have been recovered:

  • Dayton Larry Thomas, 74. Found in northern San Marcos on May 24.
  • Michelle Marie Carey-Charba, 43. Found in Caldwell County on May 25.
  • Jose Alvaro Arteaga-Pichardo, 29. Found southeast of the Blanco County line of FM 2325 on May 26
  • Jonathan Andrew McComb, 6. Found near Water Park Road and RR 3237 in Wimberley on May 27.
  • Ralph Hugh Carey, 73. Found near Fox Road northwest of San Marcos on May 28.
  • Sue McNeil Carey, 71. Found near Lime Kiln and Water Tower Roads in San Marcos on May 30.
  • Laura Schultz McComb, 34. Found near the Blanco River near the 700 Block of Bluffview Road in Wimberley on May 30.
  • Kenneth Reissig, 81. Found near the Blanco River at Narrows Road near the Blanco-Hays County line on May 28.
  • William Randall Charba, 42. Found near Bluffview Drive in the Wimberley area on June 6.

Presumed victims who remain missing:

  • William Charba, 6. Last seen at 100 Deer Crossing in Wimberley.
  • Leighton McComb, 4. Last seen at 100 Deer Crossing in Wimberley.
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One thought on “Officials to intensify search for children lost in Blanco River flood

  1. what gets me is why no one is saying anything about the low lifes that refuse to let people search their property. That is really low.

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