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Dive team searches Oklahoma River for infant girl

A dive team from the Oklahoma City Fire Department searched the Oklahoma River for a victim of the May 31 flooding, an infant girl.
by Robert Medley Modified: June 21, 2013 at 10:05 pm •  Published: June 22, 2013

Divers focused on a new area of the Oklahoma River on Friday in their search for an infant girl, the remaining victim of the May 31 flooding in Oklahoma City.

The child was part of a group of people who sought shelter from a tornado in a storm drainage tunnel and were swept into the river near SW 15 and Interstate 44.

The bodies of Timothy Shrum, 21, Destiny Shrum, 4, Terra Shrum, 3, and Cory Don Johnson Jr., 3, have been recovered. The body of Alexis Johnson, 5 months, has not been found.

“We've wanted to do our very best and work as hard as we can to try to restore a body to the families so they can receive a proper burial,” fire Battalion Chief Brian Stanaland said. “That's been our goal all along. It's a terrible, tragic loss of life.”

For the past three weeks, firefighters have searched the banks of the Oklahoma River on foot and from boats at the dam near downtown between S Western Avenue and S Walker Avenue, Stanaland said. City crews have helped by clearing debris from the water. Teams of four to eight firefighters have rotated searches during daylight hours only.

Thursday was the first day divers were able to go underwater as the water currents have calmed down since the flood and more debris has been removed by city crews in boats.

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