Kyle Doan: California boy, 5, swept away by floodwaters still missing as search teams find one shoe

Kyle Doan: California boy, 5, swept away by floodwaters still missing as search teams find one shoe
Kyle Doan, 5, vanished after floodwaters swept him away Monday at the San Marcos creekbed (San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office)

SAN MARCOS CREEK, CALIFORNIA: A 5-year-old boy who was swept away by floodwaters in California has still not been found as of Tuesday, January 10. Little Kyle Doan and his unidentified mother were on their way to school when they found themselves stranded in the stormy weather at the San Marcos creekbed near San Miguel in central California on Monday. 

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Bystanders were able to pull the boy's mother from the car but the “raging floodwaters” carried Kyle away, police said. Law enforcement speculates the boy must have floated into a river. California firefighters, a helicopter, and a dive team searched for the boy for seven hours, according to NPR. However, rescue efforts had to be called off due to extreme weather conditions. 

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Kylie is a kindergartener with short dirty blond hair and hazel eyes. The five-year-old was last seen wearing a black puffer jacket with a red liner, blue jeans, and blue and gray Nike tennis shoes. He is 5 feet tall and weighs around 52 pounds, according to New York Post. So far, the rescue team has only been able to locate one of the boy's shoes.

“The conditions remain extremely dangerous,” warned the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office. “The water level is high and continues to be fast-moving. The public is strongly cautioned not to conduct self-initiated searches and put themselves in harm’s way and become a victim requiring resources that would otherwise be used for searching.” Tony Cipolla, a spokesperson for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office, said the boy has not yet been declared dead, reported ABC7.

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After more than a week of atmospheric river storms that are being called a "parade of cyclones," heavy rains have created deep sinkholes and triggered mudslides, forcing evacuations across the state. More than a dozen people have been killed in the storms, authorities said. Around 200,000 utility customers are without power as of Tuesday afternoon after 14 inches of rain poured in some areas, according to California's Office of Emergency Services.

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