Dad coping with the loss of three kids; wife still missing

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A dad who lost three kids wants to thank all the people who have searched for his missing wife.

Isabel Sarat Mejia said authorities found the bodies of his three children 9-year-old Brandon, 7-year-old Lesly, and 5-year-old Cristofer.

Teams of volunteers are still searching for his wife, Yolanda Santos, in the Deep Fork River.

Through a translator, Sarat Mejia said. "She was a wonderful woman. She was a good mother."

He added "I feel a little relief because we have found three of my kids. There is only the body of my wife missing."

Yolanda Santos and her three children huddled in a storm drain near N.W. 26th St. and Meridian Friday night. They were with Samual Cifuentes, his wife, and his young son.

All seven of them were swept away by flood water shortly after the tornado moved through the metro. Authorities have found everyone but Santos.

"I'm very thankful to all the people that has been helping us," Sarat Mejia said.

Family members have been searching the Deep Fork River. The search will resume Tuesday morning.

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