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Suspected Body of Missing 2-Year-Old Found in Delaware River Following Pennsylvania Flash Flood

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Pennsylvania Flash Flood Tragedy

On Friday, officials retrieved the body of a small girl from the Delaware River, who is suspected to be a 2-year-old lost during a flash flood in Pennsylvania the previous weekend. The toddler, along with another child, was carried away from their family car amidst the disaster, according to the authorities.

Found near a wastewater treatment plant in Philadelphia, the body was located approximately 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the location where young Matilda Sheils was swept away. The finding was announced during a late-night news conference.

Authorities suggested that the physical description of the body corresponds with that of Matilda. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed by the Philadelphia coroner on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the search is still ongoing for Matilda’s 9-month-old brother, Conrad.

The Charleston-based South Carolina family was visiting friends and relatives when they encountered the flash flood. Upper Makefield Fire Chief Tim Brewer described the incident as a sudden “wall of water” that struck them.

In the calamity, 32-year-old Katie Seley, the mother of the children, lost her life. Jim Sheils, the father, managed to save their 4-year-old son, while Seley and the grandmother attempted to save the other children. While Sheils and their toddler son reached safety, Seley and the grandmother were carried away by the flood. The grandmother, however, survived.

Four other individuals were reported to have drowned in the surrounding area as per the Bucks County Coroner’s office: Enzo Depiero, 78, and Linda Depiero, 74, both from Newtown; Yuko Love, 64, also from Newtown; and Susan Barnhart, 53, from Titusville, New Jersey.

The tragic incident and the ongoing search for the children have evoked a wave of support, especially across social media platforms, in the suburb located about 35 miles (60 kilometers) north of Philadelphia.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Pennsylvania Flash Flood

What happened in the Pennsylvania flash flood?

A flash flood in Pennsylvania swept away a family vehicle carrying multiple members. The mother was killed and two children, a 2-year-old girl named Matilda and a 9-month-old boy named Conrad, went missing. The body of a girl, suspected to be Matilda, was later found in the Delaware River.

Who was found after the flash flood?

The body of a young girl believed to be 2-year-old Matilda Sheils, who was swept away during the flood, was found in the Delaware River.

Is the search still ongoing for any missing individuals?

Yes, the search continues for Matilda’s 9-month-old brother, Conrad, who also went missing during the flash flood.

Were there other casualties in the area due to the flash flood?

Yes, aside from the family affected, four other individuals drowned in the surrounding area, according to the Bucks County Coroner’s office.

How has the community reacted to the incident?

The tragic incident and ongoing search for the missing children have led to an outpouring of support, particularly on social media, from the community in the suburb north of Philadelphia.

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4 comments

Jake_The_Snake July 22, 2023 - 10:56 am

its crazy how quickly mother nature can turn deadly… stay safe out there ppl.

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Bethany87 July 22, 2023 - 11:45 am

My heart breaks for this family. So devastating. If there’s a fund for the family, someone pls share the link.

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MelissaB July 22, 2023 - 12:21 pm

Guys, lets not just comment…We need to support the family, check if there are donation drives running.

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Mike_runner July 22, 2023 - 6:32 pm

gosh, remember seeing the news about the floods but had no idea it was this bad. sincere condolences to everyone affected.

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