The bodies of a four-year-old boy and his five-year-old sister have been recovered after they were swept away in their mother's car by a flash flood in North Carolina earlier this week.
Johnston County Sheriff, Steve Bizzell, confirmed that the rescue crew have found the body of the girl, Alexa Castro, in shallow waters, and that the boy, Abraham Martinez Jr's body was found in a creek 30 yards from his sister near Neuse River, 12-hours later.
The woman and her two children were traveling along Galilee Road in Smithfield Monday night when the rising water flooded the road and suddenly swept the vehicle away.
It is reported that the mother did phone 911, and that the recordings of the mother's 911 calls from that night has been obtained by News & Observer.
"It's up to my knees. It's up to my knees! Baby, we’re not gonna die. Oh, my goodness. I don't think I can get my kids out because I can't see anything. I can't see anything.”
The dispatcher is then heard instructing Castro to climb with her children onto the roof of the car and promised that help was on the way. The mother is then heard saying that she was able to get her son onto the roof, but her daughter was still stuck inside. It's reported that the mother spent 20-minutes on the phone before the car was swept away further leaving the mother clinging to a tree.
The mother is then heard screaming; "She's gone, She's gone. She's in the water. She was so scared she wouldn't let go.”
After learning of Alexa's recovery, dozens of volunteers formed a prayer circle.
"I can't imagine either the emotions of the family, of the heartbreak, the hurt, the devastation. It's been tough on myself; it's been tough on the deputies. Everybody that I've talked to has been in continuous prayer for this family, these kids," Sheriff Bizzell commented.
He added that; "We can find some comfort in knowing that they're in a better place today than we are."
The heartbroken Abraham Martinez Sr said in Spanish during an interview with The News & Observer that; "My only duty right now is to find my son. The Lord gave me back my daughter, and now just my son is missing. Even though she isn't my biological daughter, I love her the same, and it hurts me a whole lot."
Nancy Martinez, a cousin of Abraham's father, stated how difficult of a day it was for the family and that they are "still hoping and praying we find Abraham before the night is over."
Rescuers were able to initially pull the mother and son from the raging torrent but the terrible conditions overturned the rescue boats and resulted in Abraham slipping from the grasp of a firefighter and was lost again.
"The water was so raging the other night, it was throwing the boats up against the trees. We're fortunate that we had no loss of life for first responders the other night," Sheriff Bizzell said.
A helicopter, heavy-duty all-terrain vehicles and K-9s all joined in Tuesday's search but did not locate the missing children.
It's also been reported that four boats were lost in the rescue mission to save the children, along with two firefighters who suffered minor injuries when they were dragged at least a mile down the river by the current.
Vanessa Castro, has been discharged from the hospital and is doing well physically.