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3-year-old girl drowns after falling into Johnson Lake without a life jacket

3-year-old girl drowns after falling into Johnson Lake without a life jacket

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LEXINGTON, Neb. — A 3-year-old girl drowned after falling into Johnson Lake without a life jacket Wednesday evening.

The Lexington Volunteer Fire Department dive team was called around 6 p.m. to the Medo’s Resort area of Johnson Lake. 

Gosper County Sheriff Dennis Ocken said the search was called off around 10:30 p.m. but was resumed at 6:30 a.m. Thursday.

About an hour later, the child's body was recovered in the Kirby Point area, northwest of where she fell in the water after flipping off of a flotation device.

Ocken said an autopsy will be conducted.

The identity of the child was being withheld, pending the notification of kin.

The Gosper County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Elwood Fire and Rescue, the Nebraska State Patrol and the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office.

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