A FRANTIC search for a missing two-year-old girl ended tragically on Sunday when her body was recovered from a river downstream where her father was found alive next to her. in his submersible truck.
Emma Sweet’s body was pulled from the White River near Columbus, Indiana this afternoon, about 2.5 kilometers from where her father, Jeremy Sweet, was found on Friday.
“We have the necessary resources to locate this girl,” Bartholomew County Sheriff Matt Myers said in a statement.
“Although my heart goes out to family and friends, there’s a bit of comfort in knowing that we’ve got her now.”
Just before 6 a.m. on Friday, duck hunters found Sweet’s truck sunk at the east fork of the White River in Bartholomew County and alerted police.
He was found alive inside the truck but Emma was nowhere to be found.
FINDED ‘WITH MEDICINE AND URGENTLY NEEDED’
Jeremy Sweet was taken to hospital to be treated for hypothermia while authorities continued to scour the surrounding area looking for Emma.
He is believed to have been found with a needle and drug-injecting equipment inside the truck.
Sheriff Myers said that Jeremy Sweet changed his story at least twice about what happened.
Jeremy Sweet, who is said to have been tied up for “possession of a firearm by a serious violent felony as well as possession of methamphetamine”, initially told police that Emma was not with him when he fell. into the water, but then gives an account conflict.
“When we first contacted him yesterday morning, he left Emma [before crashing] … Right after that he said she was on the hood of his car, her coat got wet, so he took the coat off and that’s where she got caught drift,” Myers said Saturday.
“There are really three stories now and none of them match.”
Over the weekend, search teams consisting of the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the Indiana State Police, and several regional fire departments searched the river and scoured nearby fields for looking for Emma.
On Saturday, rescuers found her jacket in the waters downstream where her father’s truck was found.
The search was postponed several hours later because it was too dark to continue.
Efforts resumed this morning when Emma’s body was found by a diver about two and a half miles downstream from where Sweet’s truck was found.
“It was a bittersweet day and I mean, I’m so proud of the men and women who went out and did what they did over a weekend, but my heart goes out to my family. family,” said Myers.
Sergeant Stephen Wheeles of Indiana State Police told the media how divers had been in the water during the three-day search for Emma, adding that the discovery of her body tragically had a profound effect on the morale of his crew.
“It was very emotional for those people. They all have families,” he said.
“It’s hard for us to stay away from that situation when faced with the loss of a child. It’s hard for those people not to picture it as their child.”
Emma’s body was turned over to the Bartholomew County Coroner’s Office to determine the cause of death.
Myers offered her condolences to Sweet’s family, saying they cooperated in the investigation.
“Today is not about Jeremy Sweet. This is about Emma and us finding this beautiful baby and being able to bring him home,” Myers said.
DAD IN ‘CRITICAL CONDITION’
Jeremy Sweet has been detained for 72 hours at the hospital as they investigate the circumstances surrounding Emma’s death
He is believed to be in a critical condition as of Sunday night.
Meyers said Sweet’s truck was pulled out of the water and is being held in a safe location.
Authorities are currently executing a search warrant to take a closer look at the truck.
It is not clear how the couple got into the water. They were last seen at noon on Wednesday, November 24.
Anyone who had any contact with them during that time is asked to contact the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department at 812-379-1650 or any local emergency personnel immediately.
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https://www.the-sun.com/news/4163522/emma-sweet-found-dead-river-missing-search/ The body of Emma Sweet, 2, was found by divers in the river days after the girl’s felon father was dragged alive from the sinking lorry.