Body found in semi-flooded area of Texas Panhandle

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Associated Press

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM

CANADIAN, Texas (AP) — A girl has died and a woman remains missing after they disappeared while riding a horse in the Texas Panhandle where heavy rain left areas flooded.

The Hemphill County Sheriff's Office says the search resumed Tuesday for 24-year-old Marquita Medrano of Canadian.

The body of 7-year-old Emily Purcell of Canadian was recovered Monday night in a semi-flooded area near the rain-swollen Canadian River.

The National Weather Service in Amarillo says parts of the Texas Panhandle received up to 4 inches of rain on Sunday.

Emergency personnel were notified Monday night that the girl and woman were missing. Searchers near a highway bridge found the horse but no riders. The child's body was located a couple of miles south of the span.

Investigators didn't immediately say any relationship between the riders.

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