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Father's Day heartbreak: Bodies of missing Hispanic father and daughter found in Texas river near extreme sports park

The team of divers first rescued the body of the minor in the waters of the river, and found the body of her father hours later

Hallan cuerpos de padre e hija desaparecidos en el río San Jacinto, Texas | Shutterstock

June 17, 2024 3:30pm

Updated: June 18, 2024 9:45am

A Hispanic family from the Houston area is in mourning after authorities found the bodies of a missing father and daughter near an extreme sports park in the San Jacinto River in Texas on Monday morning, according to a report published by Houston Public Media.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez confirmed that the 38-year-old father and his 14-year-old daughter drowned in the river around 7:00 p.m. on Sunday night, during a Father's Day celebration.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Crosby Volunteer Fire Department also arrived at the scene of the drownings Sunday night, helping the Sheriff with search and rescue operations.

The incident took place at 1927 Gulf Pump Road, in the Crosby area of ​​northeast Harris County.

The team of divers from the Harris County Sheriff's Office first rescued the body of the minor in the waters of the river, and a couple of hours later they found the body of her father. 

In this area of ​​northeastern Harris County, hundreds of people gather weekly to swim in the waters of the San Jacinto River.

The tragic deaths of the father and daughter come just one year after the San Jacinto River tides took the lives of four others in just one month. In that incident, a 6-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl drowned in the river near the Xtreme Offroad Park and Marina in Crosby.

After that incident, Harris County Lieutenant David Jasper warned the Texan public that children should always be supervised when swimming in any body of open water without supervision.

“Could be the bay, could be a river, could be a lake, could be the bayou,” he said. “Typically you can’t see very far past the surface. So you don’t know what kind of hazards might be in the water such as currents, or obstacles you could get entangled in. Trees, debris, marine life.”

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Marielbis Rojas

Marielbis Rojas is a Venezuelan journalist and communications professional with a degree in Social Communication from UCAB. She is a news reporter for ADN America.