Officials with the Sheriff’s Office said a resident spotted the man’s vehicle in the creek around 12:30 p.m. and called for help.
Officials with the Sheriff’s Office said a resident spotted 69-year-old Robert George Petitte’s vehicle in the creek around 12:30 p.m. and called for help.
Deputies located Petitte’s body approximately 200 yards downstream from his car, just 20 miles north of the Bar-X crossing where rescue crews are currently searching for 6-year-old Willa Rawlings who has been missing for more than a week.
“I want to stress to the public turn around don’t drown, signs are posted for public safety,” said Lt. Virgil Dodd.
The crossing has two permanent signs that say, “do not enter when flooded.”
Petitte is the fourth person to die in the creek in the past eight days.
Source: Sheriff: 69-year-old man dies after car swept away in Tonto Creek
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