Body of Marquita Medrano found by searchers

Nearly a week of searching has ended after the Hemphill County Sheriff's Office announced that the body of 24-year old Marquita Medrano of Canadian was found early Saturday morning.

According to the Sheriff's office, Medrano's body was found by searchers, but the exact location is unknown. Medrano and her niece, 7-year old Emily Purcell went missing Monday evening near the Canadian bridge while riding a horse. That horse was later found near Highway 60/83. The river was near flood stage following recent rainfalls and the area is muddy. Dozens of volunteers, law enforcement and the Texas Parks and Wildlife have helped in the search.

Authorities said while this is not the outcome anyone was expecting, they are happy they can give the family some closure.