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Search for girl in Arizona creek enters 2nd week

6-year-old Willa Rawlings is still missing after the vehicle she was riding in was swept away by flood waters Nov. 29. (Photo courtesy of Rawlings family)

6-year-old Willa Rawlings is still missing after the vehicle she was riding in was swept away by flood waters Nov. 29. (Photo courtesy of Rawlings family)

TONTO BASIN, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities are still hoping to find a 6-year-old girl who has been missing for more than a week now since being swept away in a rural Arizona creek.

Gila County Sheriff’s officials say searchers will resume using boats and drones Dec. 7 in Tonto Basin in their recovery effort of Willa Rawlings.

“We have no idea where she is. There are so many variables,” Lt. Virgil Dodd said.

Divers will focus on a levee system in the creek. They will also look at aerial pictures and videos already taken by drones to see if there is any sign of the girl.

The girl was one of nine family members in a military-style truck that became stuck Nov. 29 while trying to cross Tonto Creek. The bodies of her 5-year-old brother, Colby, and 5-year-old cousin, Austin, were found Saturday. Her parents, Daniel and Lacey Rawlings, and four other children were rescued.

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