Crews to resume search of storm-swollen creek for missing preschooler

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Phillip Campbell

RAINBOW — The search for a 5-year-old Fallbrook boy believed to have been swept away by a rushing storm-swollen creek in the Rainbow area in far northern San Diego County is expected to continue for a fourth day Wednesday.

Relatives of the child identified him as preschooler Phillip Campbell. They said he was with a close family friend, Roland Phillips, 73, when the car they were in was apparently swept into the overflowing Rainbow Creek Sunday afternoon.

A 911 caller reported seeing what appeared to be a child being washed away by rushing floodwaters about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. Several hours later, emergency personnel found the dead man near a submerged car on its roof on the east edge of the creek off the 4800 block of Fifth Street near Old Highway 395.

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After suspending the search for Phillip Monday evening due to darkness and stormy conditions, sheriff’s personnel resumed the effort Tuesday morning, scanning the creek and surrounding areas aboard a patrol helicopter.

The boy remained unaccounted as of sundown, at which point authorities again called off the operation for the night, sheriff’s officials said.