Another person was found dead Monday morning, Nov. 14, in the Cucamonga wash in Ontario where several homeless people were swept away last week by a surge of water following a heavy downpour.
The person was found floating on the south side of a catch basin near the intersection of E. Philadelphia Street and S. Baker Avenue, Ontario Fire Chief Raymond Gayk said.
The San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office will attempt to identify the victim.
Three people were initially rescued around 9:45 a.m. on Nov. 8. Later that day, the body of 63-year-old Anthony Ray Lopez Sr. was found. Missing person reports were filed on two people, and based on witness statements, fire officials believe at least one other person is unaccounted for.
Recovery efforts continued Monday. Ontario firefighters, along with a Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department search-and-rescue team and the sheriff’s dive team, have been scouring the basin at the end of the concrete wash that is fed by runoff from Upland and Rancho Cucamonga and begins at E. 4th Street and N. Grove Avenue.
#4thStIC– Our search efforts for the missing victims have continued from the air and ground since last week. Through those efforts we have located a deceased victim today. The coroner’s officer is working to identify the victim and will be making the appropriate notifications. https://t.co/wqrxaaEYH9
— Ontario Fire Dept. (@OntarioFireDept) November 14, 2022