The names of individuals who are listed as “possible disaster victims” of the recent floods in Hays County were released by the City of San Marcos, Texas Tuesday night.
Update: The body of Jose Arteaga Pichardo, 29, was recovered Tuesday evening.
“This information comes from family, friends and neighbors as well as witness accounts,” a release from San Marcos City Hall stated. “If you have any information regarding these individuals or any other potential victims, please contact the Hays County Sheriff’s Office immediately at 512-393-7796.”
Individuals last seen in the area of the Blanco River include (name, description, age, last known location):
- Ralph Hugh Carey, White Male, 73 years of age, Date of Birth: 08/02/41 100 Deer Crossing, Wimberley
- Sue McNeil Carey, White Female, 71 years of age, Date of Birth: 12/04/43 100 Deer Crossing, Wimberley
- William Randall Charba, White Male, 42 years of age, Date of Birth: 04/22/73 100 Deer Crossing, Wimberley
- Michelle Marie Carey-Charba, White Female, 43 years of age, Date of Birth: 09/29/71 100 Deer Crossing, Wimberley
- William Charba, White Male, 6 years of age Date of Birth: 01/29/09 100 Deer Crossing, Wimberley
- Laura Schultz McComb, White Female, 34 years of age Date of Birth: 11/08/80 100 Deer Crossing, Wimberley
- Andrew McComb, White Male, 6 years of age, Date of Birth: 06/16/08 100 Deer Crossing, Wimberley
- Leighton McComb, White Female, 4 years of age Date of Birth: 07/23/10 100 Deer Crossing, Wimberley
Individuals seen in other parts of Hays Country include:
- Dayton Larry Thomas, White Male, 74 years of age Date of Birth: 11/01/40 806 River Road, Wimberley
- Jose Alvero Arteaga-Pichardo, Hispanic Male, 29 years of age Date of Birth: 01/17/86 Area of Loop 165, Wimberley
- Kenneth Reissig, White Male, 81 years of age Date of Birth: 03/14/34 FM 32 @ 473 in Blanco County
“Authorities have recovered three people from the Blanco River, two within Hays County boundaries and one just inside of Caldwell County,” the release stated. “We are awaiting confirmation on the identification of the three people who have been described as one adult female and two adult males.”
“The third body found, a male, was found this afternoon at the Blanco River and RM 2325. That body has not been identified and it is not known if he is one of those already reported and on the missing list.”
“Two of the 13 people who were missing as of this afternoon have been found safe. Door-to-door emergency workers located those two people who had been unable to communicate with authorities.”
During the flooding, Hays County’s SWAT “BearCat,” a large rescue vehicle was used to enter submerged neighborhoods and aid people stranded by raging waters. As the waters subsided, the San Marcos Police Department used the BearCat to distribute water and sandwiches to the residents neighborhoods most effected.
“Many people had been working throughout the day removing personal belongings and sweeping mud out of their homes,” one officer noted. “Some people hadn’t eaten all day.”
As nightfall approached, Tuesday, city officials noted many areas were still not accessible and search teams will continue to comb through debris piles Wednesday looking for victims.
At 9 a.m. Wednesday, Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) is providing free tetanus vaccinations to the cleanup volunteers and victims at the following locations:
- San Marcos Activity Center: 501 E Hopkins St, San Marcos, TX 78666
- Live Oak Health Partners in Wimberley: 201 FM 3237 suite 111, Wimberley, TX 78676
- Live Oak Health Partners Walk-In Care: 1941 Interstate 35 Frontage Rd, San Marcos, TX 78666 (just north of Wonder World Dr.)
The city and country has set up a disaster hotline at 512-754-2275. Citizens are encouraged not to call 911 unless it is an emergency.