HILDALE, Utah (AP) — The mayor of a small polygamous town on the Utah-Arizona border says searchers are hoping to find a 6-year-old boy after flash flooding killed 12 others, including the child's mother, aunts, siblings and cousins.
Hildale, Utah, Mayor Philip Barlow confirmed Wednesday that crews are looking for 6-year-old Tyson Lucas Black. Barlow says Josephine Jessop, Naomi Jessop and Della Black died Monday after flooding swept away two cars they were riding in with their kids.
The three women are sisters. Josephine Jessop and Naomi Jessop also are sister wives, with both married to Joseph N. Jessop. It's not uncommon in the polygamous sect for relatives to marry the same man.
The names of the children, ranging from 4 to 11 years old, weren't disclosed.
Barlow says one of the three boys who survived was the son of Joseph N. Jessop.