2 more identified in Hays County, 6 still missing

Andrew McComb (left) and Ralph Carey were found dead along the Blanco River by search crews.
Andrew McComb (left) and Ralph Carey were found dead along the Blanco River by search crews.

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Jonathan Andrew McComb’s body was found Wednesday along the Blanco River near Water Park Road, just outside Wimberley, Hays County officials confirmed in a Friday news conference.

Officials later identified 73-year-old Ralph Hugh Carey as the man search crews found dead Thursday amongst flood debris near Fox Road in San Marcos.

“As you can imagine, our family is absolutely devastated,” Carey’s family said in a statement. “We thank you for your incredible support, love and prayers at this difficult time.”

The number of people missing following flooding in Hays County now stands at six, including Jonathan’s 4-year-old sister, Leighton, and mom, 34-year-old Laura Schultz. Andrew’s father, John McComb, was released Thursday from Brooke Army Medical Center after being pulled from floodwaters over the weekend.

Four other deaths have been confirmed as a result of the floods that ravaged Wimberley and other parts of Hays County. They include Jose Alvero Arteaga-Pichardo, 29; Michelle Marie Carey-Charba, 43; and Dayton Larry Thomas, 74. Hays County officials said one other body has been found, but authorities have not yet identified that person.

“There is no debate in the room, this is going to get done,” San Marcos Fire marshal Ken Bell said about finding those still missing. “We’re going to exhaust every effort to make this happen.”

Search crews are scouring more than 6,000 acres on either side of the river in Blanco, Hays and Caldwell Counties looking for those still missing.

Those still missing include:

Blanco County officials also said they are still looking for four people there who may have been swept away by floodwaters over the weekend. No names or photos of those missing in Blanco County have been released.

County officials are still asking landowners not to burn brush piles along watersheds until they have been searched by recovery crews. This excludes brush piles created by landowners.

“This will aid in recovery of victims, as well as heirlooms and valuables lost in the flood,” Hays County officials said in a news release. “In other words, if the river piled it, don’t burn it. If you created the pile, you may burn it.”

The City of San Marcos and Hays County are also working to several disaster relief organizations around the country to help victims with information on housing, health care, insurance and other aid. Those needing assistance can also contact the Volunteer Reception Centers.

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