July 16, 2017, 10 deaths occurred. See details next. October 10, 2017. Gila County had an additional adult fatality at Fossil Creek. See details below.
July 16, 2017, 10 death, including 3 peds, 1 child, 1 teen and 5 adults have resulted from the July 16, 2017 Flash Flood that occurred at the Cold Springs swimming hole near Payson Arizona.
PAYSON, Ariz. – Nine bodies were recovered over the weekend, all part of the same family, after a flash flood swept through a popular swimming hole north of Payson.
The victims who were found dead on Saturday and Sunday were identified by Gila County Sheriff’s Office on Monday as: Jonathan Leon, 13; Mia Garnica, 5; Emily Garnica, 3; Daniel Garnica, 7; Javier Raya-Garcia, 19; Selia Garcia Castaneda, 57; Erica Raya-Garcia, 2; Maribel Raya-Garcia, 24; and Maria Raya-Garcia, 27.
The body of the father, Hector Garnica, 27, was found on July 19, 2017.
October 10, 2017. Gila County had an additional adult fatality at Fossil Creek.
FOSSIL CREEK, Ariz. – The Gila County Sheriff’s Office said a Peoria man drowned at Fossil Creek Sunday.
Deputies, assisted by several other agencies, responded to a drowning call shortly after noon on Sunday at the “Toilet Bowl” swimming hole.
GCSO identified the drowning victim as 57-year-old Marvin McClain, Monday.