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Des Arc, Arkansas 72040

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Search continues for 9-year-old drowning victim

The search continues Wednesday for a Prairie County minor that was last scene at a sand bar on the White River at Des Arc.  

According to Prairie County Sheriff Rick Hickman, the call for the missing child came in at approximately 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13, which was Mother's Day weekend. The alleged drowning victim is a 9-year-old female of Des Arc. 

Cadaver dogs have been added to search party, according to Hickman. Sheriff James Prince, of Bowie County Sheriff's Department in Texas, has come to assist in the search along with his trained K-9 companions.  

The Prairie County Sheriff's Office along with the Arkansas Game and Fish, Arkansas State Police, Conway Fire and Rescue, Arkansas National Guard -- providing helicopter assistance -- Johnson County Rescue Team and many other local volunteers have been on the river from daylight until dark assisting in the search of the missing child. 

Officers or volunteers have been on the river each day since the incident was reported. The only time officers or volunteers have not been searching, according to Hickman, is at night. 

"The Arkansas State Police is investigating this an accidental drowning," he explained. 

Volunteers are still being asked to come and help search if they want to participate. 

"If you wish to help continue the search, contact the sheriff's office and check in prior to launch. We need to know who all you have in your boat. We will also give you instructions on what do do," Hickman said. 

The search continues each day at 7 a.m., but volunteers are asked to be off the water before dark. 

The only times the search has been called off was when storms threatened the area. Volunteers were asked to leave for safety reasons as law officials stayed on scene. The searches each day are lasting up to 12 to 14 hours -- the most possible. 

"Thank you all for (your) help, we deeply appreciate all of your hard work and support," Hickman says to the volunteers, other law enforcement agencies and search and rescue teams that have been played a major role in the search. 

"As we continue to work and search we ask the public to keep the family in their prayers," the sheriff said. 

For more information contact the Prairie County Sheriff's Office at (870) 256-4137.


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