A family member told ABC15 that Hector Garnica, 27, is still missing. Forty volunteers are continuing the search for the missing man.
Gila County Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd said crews are continuing to search for others who are still missing at Tonto National Forest.
Deputies, along with Tonto Rim Search and Rescue, the Whispering Pines Fire Department, the U.S. Forest Service and the Arizona Department of Public Safety were able to rescue four people and they were transported to the hospital with hypothermia. They have since been released from the hospital.
"There's no way of knowing how many people were actually there," Medical District Fire chief Ron Sattelmaier said. "It's pretty much recovery (now). We don't believe there's anybody left out there." The thunderstorm hit about 8 miles upstream along Ellison Creek, which quickly flooded the narrow canyon where the swimmers were enjoying a cool dip on a hot summer day.
Meteorologists had issued a Flash Flood Warning surrounding the popular swimming area inside the Tonto National Forest before the water gushed into the narrow canyon.
Residents said they'd never seen anything like the deadly flooding.
“I don’t recall anything of this magnitude,” said Sgt. David Hornung, Gila County Sheriff’s Office.
Governor Doug Ducey took to Twitter Sunday afternoon to offer his condolences to the families affected by the tragic incident.
The area sustained heavy rain throughout the region causing flash flooding on Saturday. The weather service estimates that up to 1.5 inches of rain fell over the area over an hour, and that the drainage took at least 30 minutes to reach the swimming hole. The thunderstorm hit about 8 miles upstream along Ellison Creek, which quickly flooded the narrow canyon where the swimmers were enjoying a cool dip a on a hot summer day, with highs in the 80s.