Rescue crews discovered Friday the bodies of two young brothers who were swept into the gushing Calaveras River, the last of the four victims who drowned when they stumbled into the chilly water.
One body was discovered shortly after 11 a.m. and the second body was found about a half hour later nearby, several hundred yards from where they entered the rain-swollen river Wednesday.Authorities made the discoveries after their all-night search continued through the morning. The bodies were identified as 9-year-old Herbert Pich and his 8-year-old brother, Danalee.
Details of the discoveries were not immediately available.
Five boys - two sets of brothers - were swept into the chilly current Wednesday evening while holding hands and playing at the edge of the rain-swollen river near central Stockton. The youngsters apparently tried to wade to a small island in the middle of the stream, police said.
One child, 10-year-old Sitha Soun, was rescued immediately by a bystander, who saw the youngsters tumble into the 40-degree water. But the onlooker was unable to reach the other four children, who disappeared.
Three hours later, police found the body of Sitha's brother Vanna, 9, nearby. On Thursday morning, a police officer walking the bank a half-mile downriver spotted the body of Charles Pich, 7, younger brother of the two boys whose bodies were found Friday.