A Bahamas coroners team carries a body out of The Mudd neighborhood in the Marsh Harbor area of Abaco Island in the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Dorian, the most powerful hurricane in the northwestern Bahamas' recorded history, has killed at least 44 people in Bahamas as of Sunday, Sept. 8, according to the government. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

MARSH HARBOUR, Bahamas (AP) — U.S. emergency workers on Monday found five bodies in the debris left by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, and they said they expected to find more victims a week after the devastating storm hit.

Bahamians, meanwhile, were also searching the rubble, salvaging the few heirlooms left intact by the Category 5 storm that, according to the official count over the weekend, has killed at least 44 people.

Members of the Gainesville, Florida, fire department were operating in the remains of The Mudd, the Bahamas' largest Haitian immigrant community.

"We've probably hit at most one-tenth of this area, and so far we found five human remains," said Joseph Hillhouse, assistant chief of Gainesville Fire Rescue. "I would say based off of our sample size, we're going to see more."

After the Americans recovered bodies, Bahamas police and medical authorities moved in to conduct autopsies and fly the remains from Abaco island, in the northwest Bahamas, south to the capital, Nassau.

"There are still more bodies," said Genoise Arnold, a resident of The Mudd who said that at least three neighbors died in the storm.

Arnold said one neighbor clung to a tree during the storm and succumbed to flood waters that surged through the low-lying neighborhood. Others were caught under their homes when winds turned the structures into splinters, leaving the cowering residents exposed, he said.

The huge debris piles left by the storm are challenging for search and recovery teams, which cannot use bulldozers or other heavy equipment to search for the dead. That makes recovery and identification a slow process.

The Bahamas government has announced a telephone hotline where Bahamians can call to report family members who have been missing since the storm.

At least five deaths have been blamed on the storm in the southeastern United States and one in Puerto Rico.

In Rocky Creek, a settlement of a few families on the east end of battered Grand Bahama island, members of the Reckley family picked through what remained of nearly a dozen homes that had been inhabited by their extended family.

The Reckleys and their assorted spouses, children and in-laws lived off the income from three boats they use for fishing and for providing tourist excursions from a pristine beachfront facing the turquoise Caribbean.

The family rode out the storm in nearby government shelters, and returned to find their smashed homes.

The motors of the Reckleys' boats were also destroyed. The entire extended family together earned about $800 a month, not enough to buy insurance, said Synobia Reckley, 25, who traveled from the island's main city, Freeport, to help her family.

"It hurt. This is all I know," Reckley said. "We lost a lot of old pictures. ... We don't have nothing to look back on. It's just heartbreaking."

The only aid they have received so far is from foreign aid groups and U.S. firefighters, said Reckley's husband, Dexter Edwards, a heavy equipment operator.

"Right now, ain't much joy. You just gotta try to keep your head up," Edwards said. "There's always a future. Only thing we can do right now is rebuild — rebuild and try to move forward."

Synobia Reckley holds up the dress her niece wore as a flower girl at her wedding, as she goes through valuables in the rubble of her home destroyed one week ago by Hurricane Dorian in Rocky Creek East End, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. Synobia, 25, married two days after Hurricane Mathew in 2016, which passed over her home without doing serious damage. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Dexter Edwards, center, his brother Nathanael Edwards, right, and his cousin Valentino Ingraham, push over a motorboat amid the rubble of Valentino's home, destroyed by Hurricane Dorian in Rocky Creek East End, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. Their families lived off the income from three boats they use for fishing and for providing tourist excursions from a pristine beachfront facing the turquoise Caribbean. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A recovered portrait family patriarch Walter Reckley sits amid the few valuables his family recovered amid the rubble of a property after Hurricane Dorian destroyed all the Reckly family homes in Rocky Creek East End, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. The family rode out the storm in nearby government shelters, and returned to find their smashed homes. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Members of the fire rescue team Task Force 8, from Gainesville, Florida, help remove a body one week after Hurricane Dorian hit The Mudd neighborhood in the Marsh Harbor area of Abaco Island, Bahamas, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Dorian, the most powerful hurricane in the northwestern Bahamas' recorded history, has killed at least 44 people in Bahamas as of Sunday, Sept. 8, according to the government.  (AP Photo/Gonzalo Gaudenzi)
Clothes hang to dry from a tree next to the home of the mother of Valentino Ingraham that was destroyed one week ago by Hurricane Dorian in Rocky Creek East End, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. The family rode out the storm in nearby government shelters, and returned to find their homes destroyed. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Dexter Edwards, left, his brother Nathanael Edwards, center, and cousin Valentino Ingraham move their boat next the tent where they will spend the night as they continue cleaning up their properties that were destroyed by Hurricane Dorian in Rocky Creek East End, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. “Right now, ain’t much joy. You just gotta try to keep your head up,” Edwards said. “There’s always a future. Only thing we can do right now is rebuild _ rebuild and try to move forward.” (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Homes lay in ruins one week after Hurricane Dorian hit The Mudd neighborhood, in the Marsh Harbor area of Abaco, Bahamas, Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Dorian, the most powerful hurricane in the northwestern Bahamas' recorded history, has killed at least 44 people in Bahamas as of Sunday, Sept. 8, according to the government. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Porcelain figurines of a cat and dog that were recovered from the home of the mother of Valentino Ingraham stand with other valuables on the property that was destroyed by Hurricane Dorian in Rocky Creek East End, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. The home where Valentino grew up was built over 40 years ago, and he hopes to help his mother rebuild it. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Dexter Edwards, front, his brother Nathanael Edwards right, and his cousin Valentino Ingraham walk amid one of their family's homes destroyed by Hurricane Dorian in Rocky Creek East End, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. “Right now, ain’t much joy. You just gotta try to keep your head up,” Edwards said. “There’s always a future. Only thing we can do right now is rebuild _ rebuild and try to move forward.” (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Synobia Reckley spreads out family photos to dry on a mattress amid the rubble of her home that was destroyed by Hurricane Dorian in Rocky Creek East End, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. “It hurt. This is all I know,” Reckley said. “We lost a lot of old pictures. ... We don’t have nothing to look back on. It’s just heartbreaking.”  (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A road cuts through the rubble of homes that belong to the same family, destroyed by Hurricane Dorian in Rocky Creek East End, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. Bahamians are searching the rubble, salvaging the few heirlooms left intact by the Category 5 storm. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Synobia Reckley pauses on a wet mattress as her husband Dexter Edwards consoles her amid the remains of their home destroyed by Hurricane Dorian in Rocky Creek East End, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. The couple married two days after Hurricane Mathew hit in 2016 but did not do serious damage. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
Valentino Ingraham washes clothing to remove salt and dirt amid the rubble of his mother's property destroyed by Hurricane Dorian in Rocky Creek East End, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. The motors of his family's boats were also destroyed. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A chair sits amid the rubble of the home where the mother of Valentino Ingraham lived before it was ravaged by Hurricane Dorian in Rocky Creek East End, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. The family rode out the storm in nearby government shelters, and returned to find their homes destroyed. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
A car flipped over by Hurricane Dorian lays under ravaged trees in McClean's Town, Grand Bahama, Bahamas, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019. The toll from the storm in the Bahamas stood at 44 Monday but officials have warned that the number of deaths is likely to rise as security forces and other teams search devastated areas of the northern Bahamas. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)