Rescuers resume search of fast-moving creek for missing child

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RAINBOW, Calif. – As rescue teams worked Monday to recover the body of a 70-year-old man found in a fast-moving creek in Rainbow on Sunday, crews resumed their search for a young child reported missing.

The man and a 5-year-old child were reported missing from the Riverside area on Sunday, but sheriff's officials did not confirm whether the case was related to the search.

Rescuers went to Old Highway 395 and 50th Street around 3:45 p.m. Sunday after receiving a call that a boy was in danger and holding onto wood in a creek located behind Rainbow Oaks Restaurant, North County Fire Department spokesman John Buchanan said.  When they arrived, searchers found the body of an adult, but they did not find a child.

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Water levels receded substantially Monday, revealing a car with four tires sticking out of the water near the body.

"They're going to get the body out first and then they're going to search the car," Buchanan said Monday. "I doubt that there is anybody still alive because the car is completely upside down in the water."

As the water subsided recovery crews flipped over the car, but the 5-year-old boy was not found.  Rescuers used a crowbar to smash out the windows and only for a child car seat.

A witness reported seeing the body of a child in the creek, Buchanan said. Firefighters searched until it became too dark on Sunday and resumed their search Monday morning around 9 a.m. Several agencies are assisting in the search.

Buchanan to warned the public to beware of rain-filled channels and creeks. "Don't go near any water. It's going to be moving really fast."

Rescuers plan to shut down the search at dark and be back in the creek at first light Tuesday.

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If the child is not found by sundown Monday, the search effort will be suspended until sunrise Tuesday, authorities told FOX 5.

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