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Saturday, July 22 2023 04.54

Child washed away in Bucks Co. flood  believed dead after body found in Philly: Officials

UPPER MAKEFIELD TWP., Penn. — Officials believe the body of a 2-year-old girl found along the Delaware River in Pennsylvania on Friday is one of two children reported missing after deadly flood waters hit Bucks County.

Matilda Sheils, along with her 9-month-old brother, Conrad Sheils, were reported missing Saturday after a massive flood swept away their family members in Charleston, South Carolina.

The mother, Katie Seley, was among those who died in the bad weather. The father, Jim Sheils, 4 year old siblings, and the grandmother survived the flood.

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Philadelphia Police found what is believed to be Matilda Sheils' body around 5:30 p.m. along the Delaware River in Philadelphia's Port Richmond neighborhood.

Officials in Upper Makefield Township stated in a press conference that based on the description and clothing found on the child's body, it was strongly believed that it was Matilda Sheils.

Others who died in the Bucks County floods were Enzo De Piero, 78, and Linda De Piero, 74, from Newtown; Yuko Love, 64, from Newtown; and Susan Barnhart, 53, of Titusville, New Jersey, Bucks County Coroner Meredith Buck said.

Officials stated that the search for Conrad Sheils would continue on Friday.

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