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Body of 11-year-old girl found in Kansas River after drowning

11 year old girl drowns in kansas river
Posted at 6:16 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-24 23:27:17-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, 10:28 p.m. | Kansas City, Kansas police have identified the girl as Rebecca Van Sui Par, of Kansas City, Kansas.

A preliminary investigation indicated the drowning was accidental, according to KCKPD.

UPDATE, 7:30 p.m. | The Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department said the body of an 11-year-old girl who drowned Saturday was found Monday evening.

The fire department confirmed that the girl was found near the bank of the Kansas River near the Turner Diagonal.

Police said the body was recovered after search boats were sent into the water early Monday evening.

ORIGINAL | Boaters spotted what they believe to be the body of a girl Monday afternoon in the Kansas River, according to police.

Crews from the Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department entered the water on two boats to investigate the discovery.

An 11-year-old girl drowned in the river Saturday afternoon at a section of the waterway near Interstate 435 and Woodend Avenue.

She had been playing near a sand bar with her family when she got in the water to get a beach ball, police said. Witnesses said she was “sucked under” the surface.

An adult and two children who attempted to save her also needed to be rescued, authorities said.

It was not immediately clear which area of the river the boaters saw the possible body Monday.

Official search crews were called off earlier in the afternoon.