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Teresa Villano was the last person missing from North Carolina in a river accident that killed five people had been found weeks after a family rode inflatable tubes over a relatively small but dangerous Duke Energy dam.
The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office confirmed late Monday that searchers recovered the body of Ms. Villano in the Dan River near the Draper Boat Landing.
She was 35 years old.
The Rockingham County Sheriff’s office said nine people went tubing on June 16 on the Dan River, but at some point, several of the tubes came untied, and some floated over the Duke Energy dam around 7 p.m.
Four of the nine were found by construction workers around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. They were “hanging onto various items,” according to the construction workers.
On Friday, authorities identified the survivors as Rueben Villino, 35, of Eden, his son, 14-year-old Eric Villino, his daughter, 18-year-old Irene Villino, and Karlos Villino, 14, of LaPorte, Indiana.
The three people found dead were identified as Bridish Crawford, 27, of Eden, the mother of some of Rueben Villino’s children, Antonio Ramon, 30, of Eden, and 14-year-old Sophie Wilson, of LaPorte, Indiana.
On June 20, the body of 7-year-old Isiah Crawford was found. Teresa Villino, the sister of Reuben Villino, was the last missing tuber.
Teresa Villano Body Found
She was among a group of nine relatives from Eden and LaPorte, Indiana, who were floating down the river on June 16 when they went over the dam, which is about 8 feet (2.5 meters) high. A Duke Energy employee spotted survivors the next afternoon and called 911.
According to the sheriff’s office, crews rescued Rueben Villano, 35, and his children Irene, 18; and Eric, 14, along with his nephew Karlos Villano, 14. All four were treated at a local hospital for their injuries.
That same day, rescuers found Rueben Villano’s partner Bridish Crawford, 27; and Teresa’s partner Antonio Ramon, 30, along with Teresa’s niece, Sophie Wilson, 14, the sheriff’s office said. The body of Bridish Crawford’s son Isiah, 7, was found days later. Teresa was Rueben’s twin sister, and their mother told The Washington Post that Teresa was pregnant when she went missing in the water.
Boating experts told The News & Record that such low-head dams are notorious for trapping people in the powerful current that churns at their base.
Local river experts said the accident the worst they can remember, the Richmond Times-Dispatch said.