TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – An 11-year-old girl has died after drowning in Wildcat Creek.
The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a missing and endangered child just before 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon at Wildcat Creek Park. TCSO said a third party caller contacted them on behalf of a Hispanic family who needed translation.
The Sheriff’s Office said the family had last seen the 11-year-old in the water with her 13-year-old brother. Neither juvenile was wearing a flotation device. Sheriff Bob Goldsmith said the two had been swimming when they were swept away in the current. The brother was able to get himself out of the water.
Upon arrival, members of the Tippecanoe County Water Response Team began a dive search for the girl, who was last seen by her brother.
Sheriff Goldsmith said it took about two hours from the time they arrived to when the diver found her body. She was transported by ambulance to IU Health Arnett, where she was pronounced dead.
Members of the Buck Creek Fire Department, TEMA, Lafayette Fire Department and Tippecanoe Emergency Ambulance Services assisted with the investigation.
A juvenile female was rushed to IU Health Arnett after being recovered from the Wildcat Creek.
The Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a missing person just before 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Sheriff Bob Goldsmith said the girl and her juvenile brother were swimming in the creek at Wildcat Park.
He said they were swept away in the current. The boy was able to save himself, but the girl was swept away.
Several agencies also responded to the call, including Lafayette rescue teams and TEMA. About two hours later, he said a TCSO diver found her unconscious. She was taken to the hospital and her current condition is unknown.
This story will be updated once more information becomes available.