Faith Moore, a 16-year-old from Yavapai County, Arizona, was driving home from work when her car got stuck in a flash flood. It has been three days since the incident, and the teenager is still missing. Her community has since come together to search for her.
At 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, Faith Moore called 911 to tell operators that her car was stuck. The water was only up to her knees, but in the time it took first responders to get there, Moore and her car had been swept away.
Rescue workers searched the area with flashlights and found the car with a silhouette in it, but as they got closer the strong water pushed the person out of the car. Moore’s belongings have since been found, but she is still missing.
With the recent flooding in Arizona, Danny Johnson, the Fire Chief for the Verde Valley District, warned residents about driving over running water. “I want to stress again to the public how dangerous these water crossings can be, even when it looks shallow. A simple decision to cross the road with running water can quickly turn tragic.”
The intense flooding has caused many people to be stuck in dangerous waters. When Moore called 911 on Saturday night, the Verde Valley police were responding to five other water rescues in the area. In the same river as Moore and her car, a police officer and his K-9 dog were saved from the rushing water.
Moore is related to many first responders in her town. Her grandfather once served Verde Valley as Fire and EMS chief before retiring. She also has an uncle who is a firefighter in the town of Cottonwood.
Her family is not giving up hope. They have set up a GoFundMe page to help the search and rescue efforts, and her grandfather said during a press conference on Sunday that “we wanted to reach out and thank the community and all of the first responders and everyone who has worked so hard.”
Search efforts for the missing girl have been difficult since bad weather has plagued Arizona in recent weeks. Heavy rain prevented them from searching via air on Saturday, but as the weather quieted in the past couple of days they were able to search by air, ground, and water.
Monday morning, National Guard and canine units went to State Route 260 where Moore’s car was found to help with the search. First responders want to make sure that volunteers are safe when searching and they are asking everyone who wants to help must check in with officials at Mingus High School so that a record of volunteers can be kept.
Over the course of the weekend, they had over 100 volunteers at their peak. But with the dangerous weather and muddy terrain that number has dwindled. First responders say that if you want to help with the search but are worried about your own safety then you can donate food to Mingus High School for the volunteers or even donate to the family’s GoFundMe page.