Bodies of missing woman, baby found

Bodies of missing woman, baby found

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Josefina Rodriguez Josefina Rodriguez

The last anyone heard from 31-year-old Josefina Rodriguez was as she was driving across the Onion Creek bridge on Bluff springs around 4:30 Thursday morning in a frantic phone call.

She was driving with her 8-month-old son Jay.

Rescue crews found her Toyota SUV later that day.

"The window was down and she looked like she was trying to get out and she was swept away," said Travis County's Roger Wade.

The Travis County Sheriff's Office and Texas Search and Rescue desperately combed the area looking for mother and son. The effort continued Friday.

Wade says the search was dangerous because of the treacherous terrain full of debris and wildlife.

"The search teams have come back saying they've located not only snakes but coyote tracks and everything else out there," Wade said.

Friday afternoon Rodriguez's family stood by as rescue teams told them her body had been found a mile and a half away from where her SUV went off road.

"The area is so remote that the EMS had to be helicoptered in to be able to make the pronouncement," Wade said.

Hours later the body of 8 month old Jay was found nearby.

"In this particular case it was 4:30 in the morning and very dark out here. It's not the city. There's no street lights so she may not have seen the water rising as fast as it did," Wade said.

Wade says it's best to know where the low water crossings are near you and avoid them during rain.

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