Family says man was trying to save others when he was swept away

BLANCO, Texas (KXAN) — Two people believed to be missing in Blanco County have been found safe, but one other person was added to the list of missing following flooding across the county last weekend. Authorities said they are currently looking for four people.

On Sunday, authorities found 43-year-old Zachary Jones, of Blanco, inside his vehicle along the Blanco River near downtown Blanco. Another man, who has not yet been identified, was found dead Thursday afternoon off Ranch Road 32, in the southeast part of the county.

“His truck got caught in a low road where it was flooding and it got pinned against a tree from what we understand,” Jennifer Jones said of her brother-in-law. “Zach was on the phone with a neighbor after the water started coming in and he couldn’t make it out.”

Family members said Jones died trying to save a neighbor.

“He was on the phone with the neighbor telling him, ‘I can’t get out,'” Jennifer said.

It was just like Zach to want to help other, Jennifer added.

“It could be his very last penny, shirt, whatever, he’d give it to somebody else if they needed it because that’s the kind of spirit that he had,” she said.

Misti McMain said she met Zach four years ago working at the Blanco Bowling Club and he became her best friend.

“He would drop everything he was doing and he would risk his life to go help somebody else, that’s how he was,” said McMain.

Family and friends of Zach, who they describe as a goofy guy with a smile, will always remember their loved one as a hero.

“We are proud of him, for obviously being selfless,” Jennifer said. “You can’t really beat that.”

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