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DUBLIN, KY (KFVS) - A western Kentucky coroner has identified the Amish children who died when their buggy tipped over in a flooded creek.

Rescuers found three bodies early Friday, then recovered the fourth later in the morning.

Hickman County Coroner Paula Boaz says the dead include three siblings, 8-year-old Samuel Wagler, 5-year-old Sarahmae Wagler and 5-month-old Rosemary Wagler. The fourth child is their cousin, 11-year-old Elizabeth Wagler.

The coroner says all four children drowned.

Nine members of their family were on their way home Thursday evening when their buggy was swept away by the swift-moving creek.  Two adults and three children survived.

The father of 11-year-old Elizabeth Wagler says they were on a family outing for dinner and a phone call to her grandfather.

Samuel Wagler said Friday that his daughter, Elizabeth, died while she was traveling in western Kentucky with his brother and family.

Wagler says his brother and family had come to his house for dinner after they made a phone call to their father in Missouri from a nearby Amish community phone.

He says Elizabeth was then headed home with his brother to spend the night.

Authorities searched for the children late Thursday night into Friday morning who were swept away in the high water.

It happened on a low water stream crossing on Roscoe Road just west of the community of Dublin on the Graves/Hickman county line.

Authorities say the group was traveling in a downpour in the dark about 8:30 p.m. Thursday when the buggy flipped during a severe storm. The buggy was crossing a creek that is normally a trickle but that often floods during heavy rains.

Around 9:50 a.m. Friday the sheriff notified crews that the fourth child, an 11-year-old Elizabeth, had been found dead.

"This is not the ending we had hoped for but again we have found her body.  The parents aren't going to have to wonder every night when they go to bed where she is, or if she's still out there," said Graves County Sheriff Dwayne Redmond.  "If there is a way to say there is any kind of relief is that we brought her home."

Searchers did find the bodies of three of the children in Hickman County some distance from where the incident happened.

The horse that was pulling the buggy also survived.

Copyright 2011 KFVS. All rights reserved.  The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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