Martindale area couple dies in flash flooding

A couple from the Martindale area in Caldwell County was found dead on Saturday after their vehicle was found submerged in water. (CBS Austin)

A couple from the Martindale area in Caldwell County was found dead on Saturday after their vehicle was found submerged in water.

Around 8:11 a.m. on December 8th, the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office received a call about the missing couple, Mark and Alisin Genfan.

Deputies, with the assistance of the Martindale Volunteer Fire Department and the Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management, arrived in the area and began a search in the Southeast River Road near Morrison Creek.

A white Nissan truck matching the description of what the couple was last seen driving was located half submerged in water around 10:28 a.m. Around 11 a.m. Alisin's body was found downstream from the vehicle.

On the morning of December 9, the Sheriff’s Office met with searchers from Texas Parks and Wildlife, TEXSAR, Martindale Volunteer Fire Department and the Caldwell County Office of Emergency Management to resume search efforts. At approximately 11 a.m. searchers located the body of Mark Genfan approximately 1.5 miles downstream from the vehicle location.

The couple’s son, McCoy Genfan, says he knew something was wrong when it started getting late. His parents had told him they were going to the Martindale tree lighting and would be back by 8 or 9 p.m.

He recalls his mom always had farmers market on Saturday and a set routine leading up to it. He says, “Friday nights -- since she has the market the next day -- my mother would be passed out by 8 or 9 definitely upstairs in her bedroom. Just the fact they didn’t call me and say we’re going to be late this evening, we’re spending the night with friends. It was unusual.”

McCoy says he’s not planning a public service for his parents, but he does look forward to sharing personal remembrances with anyone who knew them.

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