Body Found In Cottonwood Identified As Missing Teenage Girl

COTTONWOOD, Ariz. (AP) — A body was found Wednesday in Cottonwood has been identified as a 16-year-old girl who was swept away by floodwaters last week, authorities said.

Verde Valley Fire District Chief Danny Johnson said at a news conference that Faith Moore's body was positively identified by her family.

Yavapai County Sheriff’s officials said the body was found near where the Verde River meets a wash close to where the teen was last seen.

Moore called 911 around 9:30 p.m. Saturday asking for help because her car was stranded in knee-high water, but the water quickly rose to over 8 feet within an hour.

Crews made visual contact with Moore, but they said she was swept out of her car and downstream during the rescue attempt.

Authorities said some of the teen’s belongings were found during Sunday’s search.