by Taylor Zavala
The City of San Marcos announced a new phase of search and recovery for two children that will begin Saturday, Aug. 15. The two children have been missing since the Memorial Weekend floods that occurred in late May.
The new phase of the search and recovery will allow several private organizations and recovery teams access to newly exposed areas, that were previously inaccessible due to high water levels near the Blanco river.
Teams will include Texas Search and Rescue, Alamo Area Search and Rescue, and Travis County Search and Rescue. The teams will begin in Caldwell County on Friday, Aug. 14 and Saturday, Aug. 15.
Their search efforts will move to Hays County on Aug. 21 and 22. Since Memorial Weekend, search and rescue teams have been working continuously to locate William Charba (6), and Leighton McComb (4).
The children were last seen at 100 Deer Crossing in Wimberley when the vacation home they were staying in was swept away by floodwater. The children were accompanied by their families at the home including William’s parents Michelle Marie Carey-Charba (43) whose body was found May 25 in Caldwell County and William’s father William Randall Charba (42), whose body was found June 6 along Bluffview Drive.
Leighton’s father, Jonathan McComb (36) was rescued 12 miles from where the vacation home was located and was transported to a San Antonio hospital where he was treated for a collapsed lung, a broken sternum and broken ribs. Leighton’s mother, Laura Shultz McComb (34) was discovered May 30 near the Blanco River along with Leighton’s younger brother Jonathan Andrew McComb (6) who was found May 27 near Water Park Road and RR 3237 in Wimberley.
William’s grandparents Sue McNeil Care, (71) and Ralph Hugh Carey, (73), were also staying at the home and were washed away by the flood waters where Sue’s body was discovered May 30 and Ralph, May 28.
Crews have recovered and identified nine bodies of flood victims since the May 24 flood, including friends and relatives of the missing children.