Missing 2-year-old dies after being found unresponsive in Wisconsin river

Missing 2-year-old dies after being found unresponsive in Wisconsin river Photo: Family

Updated: December 09, 2019 05:22 PM

A two-year-old who was reported missing Sunday night in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, died after the child was found in a river.

Rice Lake police said officers were dispatched to a home in the city at about 9:33 p.m. on a report of a missing child. The caller told police the front door of the home was open and the child could've been missing for up to 30 minutes.


Officers responded and began searching for the child. Fire department crews and emergency personnel also arrived with many citizens and assisted in the search, police said. K9 units and a drone were also deployed in an attempt to locate the child, and the department posted on its Facebook page Sunday night asking for volunteers to help search for the child.

Police said at about 10:55 p.m., an officer using a thermal imaging tool located the child, who was unresponsive, in the Red Cedar River.

The child was rushed to a hospital but lifesaving attempts were unsuccessful. She was identified as Myah Watters. 

No other details were immediately available.

Family of 2-year-old found in Wisconsin river says they are 'broken'

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