28 deaths confirmed in Harris County during aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

HOUSTON — The Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office has a confirmed at least 28 deaths in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey as of Friday night. Officials said only one additional death is currently being investigated in the county.

Houston Police Sgt. Steve Perez, 60, was among the deaths confirmed in Harris County. An HPD dive team found the officer’s body submerged under 14 feet of water in the 800 block of N. Sam Houston Parkway.

Emergency crews also recovered the bodies of six family members trapped in a van swept away by flood water. The gruesome discovery was made in the 1400 block of Green River Drive at 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Inside the van were Belia Rojas Saldivar, 81; Manuel Q. Saldivar, 84; Xavier Adam Saldivar, 8; Daisy Saldivar, 6; Devorah Saldivar, 16; and Dominic Saldivar, 14.

Investigators said witnesses watched as Andrew Pasek, 25, was fatally electrocuted after stepping onto a live electrical wire hidden under 4 feet of flood water. The incident occurred around 12 a.m. Tuesday in the 4600 block of Hickory Downs.

CNN reports Pasek was trying to get to his sister’s house.

“He felt the charge and knew something was wrong right away and tried to shake it off right away,” said his mother, Jodell.

He quickly asked a friend to get away from him “because if you do, you know, you will go too,” he told his friend.

His mother said no one tried to resuscitate him for an hour until the electricity was turned off.

“It could have been anybody,” she said.

Batool Qasem, 76, was found floating near a vehicle around 9:15 p.m. Saturday near Warrenton Drive.

The Houston Fire Department found the body of Jorge Raul Perez, 33, and Yahir Rubio-Vizuet, 45, floating in flood waters around 3:15 p.m. Tuesday in the 12800 block of Texaco Road.

Ronald Zaring, 82, was an evacuee who died while on a charter bus in the 6800 block of Hardy Toll Road. The medical examiner believe Zaring died from ASCVD with Pneumonia.

Wilma Ratcliff Ellis, 73, found during a Coast Guard search and rescue mission around 6:30 p.m Monday.  Ellis was taken to Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

Alexander Kwoksum Sung, 64, was discovered around 2:40 p.m. Sunday at his workplace in the 900 block of College Avenue.

Travis Lynn Callihan, 45, was pronounced dead at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Memorial City at 3:11 p.m. Monday. Investigators said Callihan climbed out of his vehicle and fell into flood waters.

Anges Stanley, 89, was found floating in 4 feet of water inside a residence in the 4300 block of Meyerwood Drive on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

Benito Cavazos Juarez, 42, was found in a parking lot around 11 a.m. Tuesday after waters receded in near the East Freeway and Holland.

Calvin Oran Montalbano, 54, was discovered in a grassy area near the Eastex Freeway around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Michael Tucker, 66, was found 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 6800 block of FM 1942 in Baytown.

Martin Salazar, 49, was found floating in a ditch at 2:44 p.m. Wednesday on the 5100 block of Preston Avenue in Pasadena.

Ruben Clifford Jordan, 58, was found in a tree around 12:30 Tuesday in the 3000 block of W. Bay Area Boulevard.

Keisha Monique Williams, 32, was found at 8:37 a.m. Wednesday in the 12400 Woodforest Boulevard.

Efrain Angel, 26, was discovered at 10:32 a.m. Tuesday near Harris County Katy Park.

Victor Manuel Acevedo. 67, was found  at 1 a.m. Monday in the 500 block of Arkansas Street.

Gustavo Hernandez Rodriguez, 40, was found at 1:54 p.m. Thursday near Greens Bayou.

The medical examiner is still working to confirm the identities of four drowning victims found in Harris County including a 33-year-old and 65-year-old man.

During a press conference Wednesday, Judge Robert Hebert confirmed two people have died in Harvey-related incidents in Fort Bend County.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that at least three people have died in Harvey-related incidents within its borders as of Wednesday.

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