Authorities have identified the first body found in last week’s flooding as the Reverend Edward Jackson. According to his obituary, Jackson is a 72-year-old Baptist minister and retired U.S. Air Force Airman.
Jackson’s body was found Thursday afternoon along the banks of Onion Creek in Southeast Austin. That area of the city was among the hardest hit areas in the region.
So far, five people were killed by the Thursday morning storm. After Jackson’s body was found, the body of Trace Ward, a special education teacher at Smithville Junior High School, was found in Caldwell County. It’s believed he was on his way to work early Thursday morning when his car was swept off the road.
On Friday, emergency workers recovered the body of 31-year-old Josefina Rodriguez along the banks of Onion Creek. The body of her eight-month-old son, Jay, was discovered nearby hours later.
Comal County workers found the body of 26-year-old Samuel Gene Rosson on Sunday. He had fallen into the Guadalupe River early Thursday morning, but the dangerous waters kept rescue divers away until the weekend.