Death Toll In Oklahoma Tornadoes Rises To 10 After Piedmont Boy's Body Found


Thursday, May 26th 2011, 11:03 am

By: News On 6


NewsOn6.com & Ashli Sims, News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma medical examiner's office has raised the state death toll from tornado strikes earlier this week to 10 after the body of a 3-year-old Piedmont boy was found.

"Ryan Hamil's body was found this morning around 7:15 near the shoreline of Falcon Lake," said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Captain Chris West.

"There was no joy getting that family reunited, very sad," he said.

See full coverage of the Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak

Ryan's father, Hank Hamil, was out of town when the tornado slammed into his hometown of Piedmont, just northwest of Oklahoma City. 

"It's a bad deal. I lost both of my boys," Hank Hamil, Ryan's father said, crying. "I was hoping we'd find Ryan today alive."

Hank broke down while thanking people for finding his son, the second son his family lost to the tornado.

Authorities in the Piedmont area had been searching for 3-year-old Ryan Hamil who had been missing since the tornado destroyed his home Tuesday.

Hank's wife, Catherine, put Ryan, his 15-month old brother, and five year old sister, in a bathtub and covered them with a mattress.

The violent storm ripped the family apart.

Ryan's baby brother, Cole, died in the storm.  Catherine had to have two surgeries to repair her injuries. His sister is also in the hospital, but her prognosis is good.

Ryan's mother is doing well, her family said, although she has had to undergo surgery. She is pregnant with another child, but the baby is okay.

"We still need your continued prayers because we have a long road ahead of us," Debra Hamil, Ryan's grandmother, said.

The storms that spawned the deadly tornadoes killed at least 16 people in three states on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Captain West noted that Oklahoma and the rest of the nation have "suffered a lot of blows" from the tornado season this year.

5/26/2011 Related Story: Tragedy Account Set Up To Help Hamil Family

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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