It's was an emotional day for everyone involved, as first responders and loved ones hoped for a happy ending but didn't get one.

Almost 12 hours after their car was swept away by floodwaters, the search for a couple and their missing vehicle ended.

Rescue crews found the submerged car Friday afternoon in Santa Clara Creek, off Interstate 10 in Guadalupe County.

Helicopters, a boat, even a drone and a horse were used by neighbors and first responders to try and find Ricky and Shireal Boulanger after their car was swept away in by the creek.

Investigators said the husband and wife were looking for a friend whose car stalled on Interstate 10. Having no luck, they turned onto the feeder road around 1 a.m.

"He indicated he tried to go past the water and the car was swept off the road into the creek," Cibolo Police Department Chief Gary Cox said.

Around 4:30 a.m. TxDOT crews found Ricky hanging in a tree. He was eventually rescued and taken to a hospital in Seguin, where he was expected to recover. Shireal and the car were not seen again.

"The TxDOT crew came to check the water level on the road and while they were here they started hearing a person holler for help," Cox said.

Loved ones remained at the creekside all day, watching and hoping for the best.

"They're saying prayers and we share that sentiment with them as well," Cox said.

Around 1:30 p.m. crews discovered the car submerged in the water a short distance away from the road. The body of Shireal Boulanger was still inside.

The Boulanger's car was left in the creek until conditions are safer. Investigator said it's was not worth risking any more lives to retrieve it.