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Rafael Rivera and his cousins came to the scene again this evening where his cousin and as many as seven other people plunged into the water Sunday morning in an SUV.

“We were hoping they were still alive after yesterday,” Rivera told FOX40.

That Chevy Tahoe had no one inside when search crews pulled it out of the water Sunday afternoon but by Monday afternoon, three bodies had been found.

A fourth person made it out safely and called 911, but how many more are still in the water remains a mystery.

“We know the Tahoe can seat 8, but at this time we’ve heard there’s 5, 6, 7, and at one time maybe even 8 occupants,” said California Highway Patrol Sergeant Jason Bartlett.

One of the victims was identified is Rivera’s cousin Adrian Pena-Cornejo.

Pena-Cornejo leaves behind two small children and a wife, who is pregnant with their third.

“It’s really hard. It’s not just a casualty. It’s not just somebody passed away,” Rivera said. “It’s a dad that left babies behind. She’s in really bad shape.”