The body of a 2-year-old girl from Indiana missing since last week was found on Sunday, local sheriffs said.
Toddler Emma Sweet was found by the Bartholomew County Water Rescue and Reclamation Team, 3 miles downstream from where her father, Jeremy Sweet, was found alive by hunters of ducks Friday. He was found in a van submerged in the White River and sent to the Columbus Regional Hospital for treatment for hypothermia.
The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office said the couple were last seen at noon on Wednesday and were reported missing a day later. Her father is being held without bail for 72 hours while the investigation into Emma’s death continues, according to the latest update.
The Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office is working to identify a cause of the toddler’s death and the sheriff’s office said it was investigating how she ended up there.
The disappearance of Sweet and her father last Thursday sparked an extensive search for them involving 14 agencies.
In the statement on Facebook, County Sheriff Matt Myers praised the agencies’ work to bring Sweet’s body back to his family.
“I have never seen in my 30 years of law enforcement such cooperation and teamwork in an investigation,” Myers said. “I had no doubt that the men and women looking for Emma would find her.”
“I pray to the Lord to comfort them during this difficult time.”
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