Family that lost 9 to Arizona flash floods described as tight-knit

A Navajo County rescuer uses her walking stick to sift through debris in Tonto National Forest, Ariz., on Monday, July 17, 2017. (AP / Angie Wang)

By Anita Snow, Clarice Silber, The Associated Press, July 18, 2017 

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST, Ariz. – Hector Miguel Garnica’s parents were dining at the restaurant where their 27-year-old son cooked, awaiting his return from a mountain swimming hole where he was celebrating his wife’s birthday in the company of three generations of their tightly knit clan.

As they ate dinner, they got a phone call that brought the unthinkable. Nine relatives, including five children and their daughter-in-law, would not be returning at all. And their son, swept away in the roaring flood that killed the others, was missing. He still had not been found Monday night.

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