RAINBOW—After a five-day search, authorities Thursday located the body of a child in a creek in Rainbow. The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office will determine if the body is that of 5-year-old Phillip Campbell.
For the past several days, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has been using many resources, including Sheriff’s ASTREA (helicopter) and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), to assist deputies and other first responders on the ground. The Sheriff’s Department has used ASTREA helicopter, unmanned aerial vehicles to assist deputies and other first responders on the ground.
Last Sunday night, authorities located the body of 73-year-old Roland Phillips of Fallbrook in the creek, but dangerous conditions prevented crews from safely pulling his body from the water until Monday.
It is believed Phillips and Campbell were swept away by flood waters into a nearby creek on Sunday behind a restaurant in the 4800 block of 5th Street near Interstate 15 and Old Highway 395. A family member says the two had left their home earlier in the day to check out a car for sale in Riverside County.
Since Sunday, deputies from the Vista Sheriff’s Station, Fallbrook Sheriff’s Substation and volunteers with the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit (including Search and Rescue K-9s) have been working to find Campbell.
The North County Fire Protection District, San Diego County Fire, CAL FIRE, Rainbow Fire and Pala Fire Department have also provided valuable manpower and resources.
Camp Pendleton Fire, Criminal Investigative Division, U.S. Marines, Camp Pendleton, Pala Fire, CAL FIRE and Oceanside Lifeguards have also sent their Swift Water Rescue Teams to Rainbow to search the creek.
CAL FIRE brought in more than two-dozen inmates from the California Department of Corrections of Rehabilitation to clear the area in and around the creek of debris.